AN injured dog was dumped ‘like a piece of rubbish’ before being found by a member of the public in a lay by near Louth.
Winnie, a shih tzu thought to be aged three, was discovered in Blue Stone Heath Road near Donington on Bain on July 9.
Her fur was so matted that it had cut into her leg deep enough to leave only a few strands of hair to support her paw.
Winnie was taken by police to Black Sheep Vets on the Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth, where vet Richard Carter reported a ‘clear case of neglect’.
He immediately carried out surgery on the injured leg but it remains severely damaged, however it is hoped the leg can be saved in time.
The amount of matted fur removed from Winnie would have been enough to have filled a supermarket bag.
“The matting would have taken months to have got into such a state, and the sad thing is that this could have easily been addressed,” he said.
“I can’t imagine this dog would have been able to have fended for herself for a long period of time, so therefore we can only suspect that someone has dumped her deliberately,” he added.
Winnie is microchipped but was sold on before the owners’ details were updated, and she is now staying with a foster carer.
The RSPCA’s inspector Stuart Wainwright said: “It is just horrifying to think that she has been left to suffer for this long and then just dumped like a piece of rubbish.
“We are extremely grateful to Richard and his team for doing all they can to help Winnie, and we just hope now that we can find the person responsible.”
Anyone who can help track down those responsible for dumping Winnie should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.