Search for owner who shot dog

The RSPCA is seeking the owner of a dog which is "lucky to be alive" after it was repeatedly shot with an airgun in Lancashire.

The one-year-old brindle-coloured lurcher was left riddled with 17 pellets, suffering a fractured leg and punctured lung.

It was found on Tuesday evening near Old Pepper Lane in Standish after a dog walker heard a bark and followed a trail of blood in the snow.

"So far we've found no owner or witnesses. This poor dog was in a really bad way, and is lucky to be alive.

"I suspect he had been held or confined when being shot, as if a dog had been shot once or twice they would run away. However, this dog has been shot at least 17 times.

"The injuries were fresh when he was found, so they must have been inflicted some time at the start of the week."

– RSPCA inspector Claire Roberts

The lurcher was wearing an old blue collar with a blue and white speckled bandana wrapped around it.

It was rushed to an on-call vet and is now being cared for at a veterinary surgery in Standish.