A dog that was abandoned in a water-filled ditched - has had it's leg removed after contracting an infection.

Nelly was discovered by a dog walker in Clevedon Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham at around 7.30am yesterday (Tuesday).

The Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog had been tied up with a martial arts belt and suffered a severely injured and infected paw.

The walker was unable to get the dog out of the water so he covered her up and called West Midlands Fire Service.

Firefighters from Highgate Fire Station arrived to rescue the pooch who has since been named Nelly.

She was taken to YourVets in Smethwick for treatment but is now in the care of a charity in Birmingham.

Highgate Fire Station tweeted an update of Nelly's condition after rescuing her - they added 'how can anyone be this cruel is beyond us'.

Birmingham based The Animal House Rescue are looking after Nelly and have said the pooches leg had to be removed due to the infection.

The charity said those responsible for her treatment were "cowards".

They say she has been up and moving around and seemingly coping really well on her three legs.

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