20 Feb Dog left tied to a signpost in Chelmsford
An RSPCA Essex branch is caring for an extremely poorly dog who was found tied to a signpost in West Hanningfield Road, Essex on Wednesday (13th).
Fortunately the dog was found by a fosterer for the RSPCA Essex Mid, Brentwood, Chelmsford & District branch who contacted the branch chairman Clive Vallis.
Toby, as he has since been named, appeared to be frozen in fear and was very weak and clearly underweight. He is only around two to three years of age and is a lurcher-type breed. He was not microchipped.
Clive said: “When I went to collect Toby, he was scared, but seemed grateful to have been rescued. He was extremely poorly and when I scooped him up he didn’t resist. I took him straight to our clinic to be examined by a vet.
“Sadly our vet has found that Toby is very poorly and has an enlarged pancreas which is causing him a number of health complications. But we are determined to do all we can to help him, after everything he has been through he truly deserves a second chance.
“We think he has probably been used for hare-coursing as his little body was covered in scratch marks, which could indicate him having to run across fields and brambles, and this breed is one we see used quite frequently with this illegal activity.
“Toby’s road to recovery could be a long one, and we are concerned about his health and illness, but we will do all we can to help him.
“We would be extremely grateful if anyone is able to make a donation towards Toby’s on-going veterinary care. This poor boy has been so much, and we just want to get him well and find him a loving new home.”
Anyone who can help should call the RSPCA appeals line on on 0300 123 8018.