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Dog left tied to a signpost in Chelmsford

An extremely poorly dog has been found tied to a signpost in West Hanningfield Road, Chelmsford

He was discovered by a fosterer for the RSPCA. He was tied with a piece of string and has been named 'Toby'

Dog left tied to a signpost in Chelmsford Credit: RSPCA

“When I went to collect Toby, he was scared, but seemed grateful to have been rescued. He was extremely poorly and when I scooped him up he didn’t resist. I took him straight to our clinic to be examined by a vet. Sadly our vet has found that Toby is very poorly and has an enlarged pancreas which is causing him a number of health complications. But we are determined to do all we can to help him, after everything he has been through he truly deserves a second chance. We think he has probably been used for hare-coursing as his little body was covered in scratch marks, which could indicate him having to run across fields and brambles, and this breed is one we see used quite frequently with this illegal activity."

– Clive Vallis, RSPCA
Dog left tied to a signpost in Chelmsford Credit: RSPCA

He appeared to be frozen in fear and was very weak and clearly underweight.

He is only around two to three years of age and is a lurcher-type breed. He was not microchipped.