THE RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a dog with “massive, gruesome mouth tumours” was found dumped at Fochriw Mountain.

Reports were received by the animal welfare charity after a member of the public found the struggling black Staffordshire bull terrier trying to walk down the road on 5 December.

There were no people nearby – and the dog was not found anywhere near any houses. The Staffy dog was not wearing a collar, and was not microchipped.

RSPCA Cymru says it “beggars belief” that somebody could abandon the dog in such a state, when he was in obvious and urgent need of help.

The dog was taken to the RSPCA’s veterinary clinic in Merthyr Tydfil, who sadly had no choice but to put the animal to sleep due to the extent of his condition.

Anyone with information about who owned the dog, or how he came to be alone at Fochriw Mountain, has been urged to contact the RSPCA as soon as possible.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “This was such a sad and shocking discovery – with this poor dog found in a terrible state at Fochriw Mountain.

“The poor dog couldn’t even walk properly into our veterinary clinic – and sadly vets had no choice but to put him to sleep to end his suffering. It’s a heartbreaking incident.

“He had massive, gruesome mouth tumours which clearly needed urgent attention. It beggars belief that it seems someone chose to dump this dog rather than get him the help he so desperately needed.

“Anyone who knows how this poor dog ended up alone at Fochriw Mountain, or may help us be able to identify an owner, should contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Last December, the RSPCA received 51,000 calls – which amounts to one call every minute.

Sophie added: “With our teams out on the frontline across England and Wales rescuing animals from danger and suffering 365 days a year, we are often their only hope. We’re asking people to Join the Rescue this Christmas to help bring animals to safety.”