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RSPCA launches urgent appeal over emaciated dog found at pet hospital

THE Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has issued a desperate appeal for information after a young dog, named Chicko, was handed into a pet hospital in a state so horrifyingly emaciated that all his bones were visible. The 18-month-old crossbreed was found with bald and bleeding ears, a swollen and bruised back leg, a necrotic infection in his tail, and several pressure sores.

Chicko was taken to the PDSA’s Montague-Panton pet hospital at Redgate Lane in Manchester on October 6, in a collapsed state, by a concerned member of the public. Despite the best efforts of the veterinary staff, Chicko’s condition was so severe that they had no choice but to euthanize him to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Deborah Beats expressed her shock at the devastating sight, stating, “Every bone in Chicko’s body was visible, and it’s hard to believe a dog who looked like this could have still been alive. Everyone involved in this case has been left extremely upset by it, and we’re determined to find out how and why this young dog got into such an appalling state.”

A post-mortem report conducted on Chicko revealed no underlying reasons for his emaciated condition. The RSPCA strongly believes that he was deliberately starved, leading to his shocking state of emaciation. While Chicko was microchipped, the owner’s details had not been registered. The charity is now urging the public to come forward with any information that could help trace Chicko’s owner. RSPCA inspector Beats further appealed, “We’re making an urgent appeal to anyone who recognises Chicko, has information about his background, or who may have owned him, to come forward.”

The RSPCA is actively pursuing several leads but is counting on the cooperation of the community to solve this heartbreaking case. Anyone with relevant information is encouraged to contact the RSPCA’s appeals line at 0300 123 8018, quoting reference number 01165392.

The appalling condition in which Chicko was found has stirred outrage among animal welfare advocates and the general public alike. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of vigilance and prompt reporting of animal cruelty. The RSPCA, along with other animal welfare organizations, continues its tireless efforts to protect vulnerable animals and bring those responsible for their suffering to justice.

The RSPCA’s appeal resonates across Greater Manchester, urging citizens to stand united against animal cruelty, promote awareness, and ensure that those who abuse animals face the full extent of the law. As the investigation unfolds, the charity remains steadfast in its commitment to seeking justice for Chicko, advocating for the voiceless, and promoting compassion towards all living beings.