ANIMAL rescuers are appealing for information after a couple brought them a suffering dog that was so ill he had to be put down.
The male Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog was handed over to workers at the RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark in Ranvilles Lane, Stubbington.
A couple, who gave a false address in Portsmouth, said the dog was a stray and they had found him.
It had a serious skin condition and was covered in exposed sores all over his back.
Now the rescuers want to track down the couple to find more information about how the dog came to be in such a state.
RSPCA staff looked after the dog for seven days in case anybody came forward to claim him but eventually had to put him down.
The dog was aggressive which meant handlers were unable to give him treatment for the sores on his back.
Charlotte Eyden is the RSPCA inspector who is dealing with the case.
She said: ‘He had a lot of fur loss and the majority of his back was covered in open, bloody sores.
‘We need to interview them about why the dog was in this condition.
‘He was dull and listless and he was quite nervous.
‘Unfortunately, he had to be put to sleep because he was nervous and aggressive and we couldn’t handle him long enough to give him the treatment he needed.
‘We couldn’t take the risk with staff and we couldn’t give him the treatment he needed either.’
The animal rescuers are appealing for the couple to come forward to help provide more information about how the dog came to be in such a bad condition.
They also want to hear from anyone who might know where the dog had come from.
The couple took the dog into the Stubbington Ark at about midday on December 8.
They claimed they had found the dog in a horse field.
When the pair were told the dog would need to be kept in, they gave false details and left.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Eyden added: ‘The couple said things on the day which made staff think the dog was theirs.
‘We want to investigate why the dog was seriously neglected and left in that condition.’
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.