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RSPCA appeal after sick dog dumped in Middlewich canal
7:50am Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a sick dog was dumped in a canal and left to drown in a callous act of animal cruelty.
On Friday August 9, the RSPCA received a report of an animal in trouble in the canal between Sandbach and Middlewich.
RSPCA inspector Emma Timmis was called to a lay-by which runs next to the canal after the dog, a female English Bull terrier, was spotted struggling to stay afloat.
Emma managed to drag the dog out but said that the dog was completely exhausted, cold and her claws were bleeding from her desperately trying to get out of the water to the safety of the bank.
Emma said: “This was desperately sad and this dog would not have survived in the water much longer.
“Sadly when I managed to pull her out of the water it was clear she was desperately ill and had a tumour the size of a football on her chest.
“I am suspicious that she was put in the water deliberately. Sadly experience tells me that the most likely reason would have been because she needed vet treatment and the owner didn’t want to pay.”
The English Bull terrier was quite elderly and had distinctive brown patches on her coat.
Emma added: “Drowning is a terrible way to die, and this poor dog was thoroughly exhausted as she desperately hung on to life.
“This is not the way to end an animal’s life, and it is even more sickening that it could be a as a result of saving money.”
Sadly, although the RSPCA managed to save the dog from drowning, she had to be put to sleep as the tumour was too large and she was suffering.
The RSPCA is keen to hear from anyone who has any information regarding this incident or who recognises the dog or saw any suspicious activity by the canal opposite the layby or Booth Lane.
If you have any information relating to this incident, call Inspector Timmis immediately on 0300 123 8018.
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