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Rottweiler found left tied to playing field railings in Leeds

It is not known how long the dog was tied to the railings Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a neglected dog was found tied to playing field railings in Leeds.

The female Rottweiler was first spotted at about 7am on Sunday morning (18 June) on Swallow Hill Playing Fields on Heights Lane.

RSPCA inspector Charly Wain said: “She was in the shade when I collected her but wouldn’t have been for much longer. It was already 22 degrees and she had been abandoned with no access to water, or food.

The person who called us said she was very lethargic until they gave her a drink, so I suspect she had been there for most of the night.

She’s overweight, limping heavily on one of her front legs and showing some pain in her abdomen which is being investigated, but is a really lovely friendly dog.

– RSPCA inspector Charly Wain

She was tied to the railings inside the playing fields, which is completely enclosed apart from a broken fence panel which she must have been taken through.

The vet has described her as between six and eight years old. She has a docked tail. The lead she was tied to the railings with was made from a metal chain with a black and white handle.

She is now in the care of the dog warden.

RSPCA inspector Wain said: “She isn’t microchipped and wasn’t wearing a collar with an ID tag, both of which are required by law, so at the moment I have no way of tracing her owner.

“If anyone recognises her, and knows who her owner is, or saw anything they think might help my investigation, please call me.”

Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA on the inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018, and ask to leave a message for inspector Wain.