An underweight dog that could not even stand up was found dumped on a street in a horrific state.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation into the suspected mistreatment and abandonment of the elderly King Charles spaniel which was also suffering from a huge tumour.
A member of the public found the poor pooch in Epworth, Doncaster, Yorkshire on April 14 but her condition was to bad, a vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put her to sleep.
RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid rushed her to a nearby vet for emergency treatment but the vet said the dog was too ill to be treated, YorkshireLive reports.
Matted fur around her ears and a collapsed backend made putting her to sleep the kindest thing to do.
The dog was not microchipped and Vanessa is now appealing for information from the public to find out who owned her.
She said: "It was heart-breaking to see this elderly and clearly underweight dog left helpless in the street in her hour of need.
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"I believe whoever owned the dog neglected her to such a level she was left dying and instead of seeking help they callously decided to discard her like a piece of rubbish.
"She was in an appalling condition and was so weak the dog would have been unable to walk to this spot on her own and was probably dumped there."
Vanessa went on: "She was so thin with her spine protruding and her body was shutting down so the vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put her to sleep.
"It was so sad she had such a lovely nature but was obviously in a lot of pain.
"I am keen to find the person responsible for this and hope someone may be able to tell me who owned the dog."
She added: "I would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in this area around the time the dog was dumped."
Anyone with information that could help the RSPCA should call the appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
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