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Watch: Staggering number of dogs abandoned across the North West

RSPCA inspectors are searching for a dog owner who abandoned his pet over the weekend and left him tied to the railings of a park in Manchester.

The elderly German Shepherd who has been given the name Spencer, was suffering from arthritis and malnourishment and animal welfare officers say he was desperately needed to see a vet.

It's thought he was left because of the possible cost of medical treatment, our reporter Paul Crone has this report:

Unfortunately this old German Shepard is not the only dog being abandoned in our region. Shocking figures show the extent of the problem:

Dogs abandoned in Greater Manchester in 2014
Dogs abandoned in Lancashire in 2014
Dogs abandoned in Merseyside in 2014
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