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Discovery of starving greyhound sparks investigation

A SEVERELY emaciated and dehydrated greyhound found in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire last week has sparked an RSPCA investigation.

The black and white dog, suspected to be an ex-racing greyhound from his tattooed ears, was collected from Congleton Road, Kidsgrove by a local dog warden last Wednesday, 9th May and taken to Croft Vets in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Weighing only 16.55kgs, the dog is half the weight of an average adult, male greyhound, which would be 31kg. Thought to be up to six years old, the greyhound was placed on a drip after being described as ‘very emaciated, very dehydrated and very hungry’. Feeding has since been restarted slowly, given the animal has not been used to eating healthy amounts of food for some time.

RSPCA inspector Dawn Burrell, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘It is a mystery why such an undernourished greyhound was found wandering around Kidsgrove. What is clear from his poor condition is that he has not been fed for some time and I am anxious to hear from anyone who may know where he came from.

‘Someone locally may have vital information and I would urge them to contact me. His tattooed ears indicate he may once have been a racing greyhound and was possibly discarded when he became too old for the track.

‘On the bright side he is now in the best possible place for recovery, receiving the care and attention he has obviously lacked in the past. He has the typical nature of his breed; gentle, serene and friendly,’ added inspector Burrell.

Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a fine of £20,000 under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Messages for Inspector Dawn Burrell can be left 24 hours a day via the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice Line on 0870 55 55 999. All calls will be treated in confidence.