Hunt on for driver who dumped this dying dog
WITH a tennis ball-sized tumour growing on his paw, this fragile dog was dumped at a Cotswold park and left to die.
A fisherman said he witnessed a woman pull up in a silver Vauxhall Corsa near to Cotswold Water Park, in Cirencester, before letting the animal out of the vehicle.
Matthew Williams, 38, from Bristol, was shocked to see her drive away, leaving the dog for dead.
He managed to pen the abandoned canine in a nearby playground before calling the authorities.
He reported the incident to the RSPCA but they were unable to get there straight away.
In the meantime, the thin and underfed dog was taken to Purton veterinary surgery, in Swindon, for treatment.
But there was no choice but to put the animal to sleep after it was found cancer had spread throughout its body.
The RSPCA has now launched an appeal for witnesses to the incident which happened at about 7am on Saturday.
Mr Williams said: "It is quite a popular area for dog walkers. You see them every couple of minutes.
"I thought that was what the woman was doing at first. My vision wasn't excellent through the trees but I saw her let the dog out.
"Several seconds later she drove off and not long after that the dog then appeared.
"I have never seen anything so horrendous.
"As an animal lover, I am absolutely mortified by what happened to this dog."
But it was thanks to Karen Cooper, a dog walker in the area, that they managed to get the dog to a specialist.
The 49-year-old from Leigh, in Wiltshire, said: "The dog was very frightened. It had fleas and its nails hadn't been clipped for a while. It couldn't walk properly and there was a massive red tumour growing on its paw.
"I am totally sickened by what I have seen.
"A dog should not be mistreated in this way. I want this person to see what they have done to this dog."
Veterinary surgeons believe the dog was a collie-cross and that it had been suffering for a long time.
It was also discovered that the dog had a skin condition called Fox Mange, a mite which affects all mammals.
Practice manager Jocelyn Lander said: "The dog had a very large tumour on its front leg and when the vet examined him, he was in a very poor condition.
"It is very difficult to say how it happened but it was obvious that he had been poorly for a while."
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "It sounds like the poor animal was in a terrible state by the time the passer-by found it and was able to take it to a vet.
"It is dreadful to think how much it must have suffered to have got to that condition in the first place."
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the RSPCA's inspectorate on 0300 123 8018.