‘It’s the worst case of animal cruelty ever seen in Portsmouth’

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  • Local people urged to help track down owners and help support medical bills
  • Anyone with information about case is asked to call RSPCA on 0300 123 8018
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A severely-neglected poodle has been found wandering Portsmouth’s streets in agonising pain.

Animal workers say the treatment of nine-year-old Doug is one of the worst cases of neglect they’ve ever seen – and staff have been traumatised by his ordeal.

The miniature poodle was brought to Portsmouth City Council’s kennels by a teenager who spotted him in North End.

His fur was so severely overgrown and matted that he was blind and in pain.

Doug’s ears were badly infected and his over-grown nails showed he’d had little exercise.

Around 1.3kg of fur – equivalent to 10 per cent of his body weight – had to be chopped off to alleviate the pain. Carol Plumbly, the council’s lead kennel assistant, said: ‘This is one of the worst cases we’ve ever seen. One of our staff had to go home in tears.’

We were just horrified. He’s a lovely boy. He doesn’t deserve what he’s had done to him.

Carol Plumbly, Portsmouth City Council’s lead kennel assistant

She added: ‘We were just horrified. He’s a lovely boy. He doesn’t deserve what he’s had done to him.’ Doug is now on the mend and is on a course of medication – but local people are being asked for their support to track down the culprits and help pay for his medical care. Veterinary surgeon

Ms Plumbly said: ‘It took him a couple of days to really see a little bit. It’s like he’s looking through frosted glass at the moment. He has to have drops for his eyes every couple of hours.

‘He’s started to play with toys and he’s getting to know us. He gets more and more excited every time we see him. He’s such a nice little character.’

Veterinary surgeon Scott Linnett, of Sanctuary Vets in Farlington, said: ‘In spite of the evident neglect, Doug was notably well behaved and allowed much of his fur to be clipped without any objection.’

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Donations can be made by searching for ‘kennels’ at portsmouth.gov.uk

The case comes after The News this week revealed pictures highlighting the mistreatment of rescue dog Tam.

Cheryl Welch, 37, of Purbrook Way, Havant, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate veterinary care and a charge of failing to protect Tam from pain, suffering, injury and disease by failing to adequately groom the dog. Magistrates refused to ban Cheryl Welch from keeping pets – because her children love them.

Pictures show Doug before and after clipping