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Hunt to find owner of dying dog dumped with broken back and fractured skull

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The RSPCA is hunting for the owner who dumped their dying dog, which was left in agony with a fractured skull and a broken back.

The emaciated Saluki-type lurcher dog was found with a head wound on farmland, off Bewdley Road North, between Bewdley and Stourport on Severn, by a local farmer.

He cared for the distressed dog until the RSPCA arrived.

At first they suspected the dog - who was bleeding heavily from a head wound - may have been involved in a car accident and rushed him to a vets.

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But the vet found the injuries were non-accidental and the poor dog had a fractured skull, broken back and dislocated vertebrae.

The dog was so poorly that the vet decided to put him to sleep to end his suffering.

The dog was was found at 5pm, we suspect that he may have been used in an illegal activity - such as hare-coursing - the night before or in the early hours of the morning meaning that he had been left to suffer horrifically for many hours.

“The dog was in absolute agony it was awful to see. In my 12 years as an RSPCA inspector this is one of the worst cases of cruelty I have come across, to leave an animal in such a state of horrendous suffering is despicable.”

– RSPCA inspector Jonathan Ratcliffe
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The dog was microchipped and during his investigation Jonathan was able to make contact with a previous owner.

The details on the microchip were not up-to-date as he found out they had given the dog to a new owner living in the Bristol area.

The RSPCA is now trying to trace that owner, who they are confident lives north of the Bristol area.