A DOG was found dumped in a car park in Hilsea and left to die in a sports bag.
The male Staffordshire bull terrier cross was found by a member of the public on Wednesday (November 21) in a car park at the ramparts in Portsmouth at around 9am.
The old, tan-coloured dog, who was on a grass verge in a black Adidas sports bag, wrapped in a duvet in the bag, was rushed to The Stubbington Ark RSPCA Animal Shelter by the member of public who found him but died before arrival.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Coggins said: ‘This poor dog has been discarded rubbish and simply left to suffer when he was in desperate need of help.
‘It’s heartbreaking to think of him alone and frightened having been left to die in a bag in this freezing weather.
‘We’re very grateful to the person who found him for showing kindness and compassion and caring for him in his final moments.’
Fleas, overgrown nails and a small growth were some of the signs of neglect found by vets at the centre.
Ins Coggins added: ‘He was alive when he was found but sadly died before arrival at our centre.
‘He was riddled with fleas and had overgrown nails and muscle wastage on his head and a small growth on his right hock.
‘We have no way of knowing where he came from, and he has no microchip, so we are appealing to the public to come forward with information.
‘Anyone who has any information should contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018, and leave a message for myself. All calls will be treated with confidence.’