A BACKFORD couple were left shocked and disgusted when they found a badly abused and neglected puppy had been dumped near their home.
The couple are now calling for more regulation on those who become pet owners.
Dog owners Stephen and Yvette Davis, of Station Road in Lea-by-Backford, were alerted to the malnourished puppy by a passer-by at their home.
Stephen said: “The brindle Staffordshire pup was abandoned in the lane on which we live.
“It was lousy, dehydrated, exhibiting symptoms of parvovirus and had suffered a broken pelvis and internal bleeding.”
The couple took the puppy to the emergency vets, where it was decided the most humane option was euthanasia.
Stephen said: “The animal was homeless, unvaccinated, violently abused and treatment would almost certainly fail whilst extending suffering.
“He was in terrible pain and had been horrendously injured but he was desperate to please all of us.
“Wagging his tail, attempting to walk and prove that he was worthy of a home, it was clear that he still had faith in humans.”
He added: “A reasonable scenario is that this dog was not vaccinated, or not kept out of harm’s way long enough for the vaccines to take effect.
“It became sick and within hours was incapable of controlling its bowels.
“Rather than treat this obviously sick dog it was kicked and abused by a frustrated and increasingly irrational ‘owner’ until it suffered its terrible injuries and was then left to fend for itself- alone.”
Stephen reported the matter to the RSPCA, who told him because the dog had no ID and was not vaccinated or microchipped, there was virtually no chance of prosecuting the offender.