QUIVERING, malnourished and in agony, Steve the lurcher dog was found in a terrible state.
David Griffiths, the dog warden for East Hampshire District Council, found the young lurcher cowering in a garden in Horndean.
He managed to lure him out of hiding with his own dog, Shay, only to discover a wound on Steve’s leg – a hole the size of a golf ball.
Mr Griffiths said: ‘When I first saw Steve, he was lying in a flower bed looking very sorry for himself. I could see that he was exhausted but also terrified. He would scrabble away if approached.
‘I didn’t realise the extent of his wound until he stood up. It was horrendous, like something from a horror film.
‘I am disgusted that someone has allowed a dog to get to this state and, had an owner come forward, they would have been reported to the RSPCA.
‘He had obviously not been fed properly for a long time
‘He also had minor wounds and scars over his body so I believe he has been used for some form of hunting.’
Steve was treated by a vet and is on his way to making a full recovery. Now Mr Griffiths would like to find him a safe, loving new home.
He said: ‘He is a sweet-natured, timid, shy animal that needs loving.’
To find out about adopting Steve, call the dog warden on 01730 234319.