'Severely dehydrated and malnourished' dog dies after being abandoned in Bolton

A dog 'callously dumped' in some trees has died after he was found by a passerby in Bolton.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 4:40 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 4:41 pm
A dog was found abandoned among some trees by a passerby in Bolton. (Credit: RSPCA)

The RSPCA is appealing for help to find the person responsible for dumping an emaciated and dying dog.

A member of the public came across the dying dog in some trees on Four Fields between Little Hulton and New Bury in Farnworth on the morning of Friday, February 21.

The woman took the emaciated Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog back to her home in Saint James Street in Bolton and alerted the RSPCA.

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The emaciated dog, later named Oscar, died after he was taken for emergency treatment. (Credit: RSPCA)

Inspector Angela Paxton-Taylor was called to the scene and could see the dog, which she named Oscar, was in poor health.

She described him as “barely alive”.

Angela rushed him to a nearby vets for emergency treatment but he died later that evening.

Oscar was not microchipped and now the RSPCA are appealing for information to trace his owner and for anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

The RSPCA are appealing for information to trace his owner and for anyone who recognises him to get in touch.(Credit: RSPCA)

Angela said: “The poor dog looked close to death and I was worried he was going to pass away as I rushed him to the vets.

“He has clearly been neglected and had all his bones protruding.

"It has obviously taken a long time for him to get in this state - and then to callously dump him and leave him alone to die is just beyond words.

“He was a lovely boy and it is terribly upsetting that he passed away. The vet said he was severely dehydrated and malnourished.”

“I am hoping someone will recognise him so I can trace his owners or someone may have seen something suspicious which may help with my inquiries.

Anyone who can help is being urged to call the RSPCA appeals line number on 0800 123 8018.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, you can visit their website by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, you can call their donation line on 0300 123 8181.