The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog with severe leg injuries was found abandoned in the Stirchley area of Birmingham.
The Staffie was found in Pershore Road, Stirchley, on Friday 24 April with her mouth bandaged shut and the wounds to her legs. She was taken to a local vet, who contacted the RSPCA.
The dog - known as Zena - is now recovering at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital.
RSPCA inspector Nichola Geraghty, who is investigating, said it was initially thought that the dog had been hit by a car.
She said: "When vets had a closer look at her they could see that clearly, this wasn’t the case. The injuries to her legs were terrible and she was howling in pain when she was rescued.
“We were concerned that she might need her leg amputating - we’re hoping that isn’t the case but it could still go either way."
The dog is microchipped but her records are out of date. The animal charity hope by appealing for information, they will be able to find out how the Zena came to be in this condition.
The Staffie also had puncture wounds - likely to have come from another dog - to her front legs and chest which were bleeding heavily, however despite her injuries, Zena is recovering well.
Inspector Geraghty said: “It is so sad that such a sweet dog has gone through what she has. Once she has recovered and if no one claims her then we can start looking for a new home for her.”
Anyone with information about Zena should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.