The RSPCA has launched an investigation after an abandoned dog was found with a broken jaw in Norwich and had to be put down.

The charity was called to Ruskin Road in the city on Thursday night (5 July), by a member of the public who found the dog extremely emaciated, injured and covered in faeces.

RSPCA Inspector Ben Kirby, investigating, said: “The woman said the dog was in a real state and she was unable to see what type of dog she was as her coat was just one large, matted mass.

“The poor thing’s mouth was held open at a 90 degree angle and she was unable to close it.

“She had faeces and fur matted into her coat and was in a really awful state.”

The poodle-terrier cross was found injured and with matted fur in Ruskin Road Credit: RSPCA

The dog was taken a local vet where staff discovered the poodle cross terrier type had a broken jaw, which had become infected.

“Veterinary staff shaved all of the dog’s matts off and said they had four dogs’ worth of coat just from her,” Inspector Kirby added.

“Her jaw was virtually smashed, it was broken in two places and x-rays showed the bone had come right away from her skull. She must have been in so much pain.”

The dog had faeces and fur matted into her coat and was in a 'really awful state' Credit: RSCPA

“Sadly, the vets confirmed that the injury to her jaw was extremely serious and not repairable. Vets confirmed that she was in a lot of pain and heartbreakingly both clinics felt that the only option was to put her to sleep,” inspector Kirby added.

“It’s really upsetting that someone had left her in such a state and in so much pain. It’s completely unacceptable to allow a dog to suffer like this.

“I’d like to know where this dog has come from and if anyone recognises her. She wasn’t wearing a collar and wasn’t microchipped.

“Anyone with information which might help our investigation should get in touch by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for me.”