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Appeal after dog in 'excruciating' pain found

The dog was found by a member of the public Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A dog has been put to sleep after he was found abandoned on Rhigos Mountain, near Aberdare, emaciated and covered in tumours.

RSPCA Cymru are appealing for information after the brindle mastiff was found on Tuesday (12 September).

The dog - nicknamed Winston - was taken to Hope Rescue Centre in Llanharan, but was put to sleep due to the severity of his suffering. He was estimated to be around three to four years old.

Winston was suffering several ruptured tumours weeping with infection, other large tumours, an untreated fractured leg, skin condition and an ear condition. He was blind in one eye, had a swollen abdomen, overgrown nails and was suffering with fleas. He was also extremely thin and malnourished.

A vet said Wilson must have been in 'excruciating' pain Credit: RSPCA Cymru

Hope Rescue’s head of welfare, Sara Rosser, said this was a truly horrific case.

This poor dog had clearly suffered so much in his relatively short life and yet he still craved human affection despite being in excruciating pain.

The Hope Rescue staff and volunteers are all heartbroken that we could do nothing to help him but the kindest act of all was to put him to sleep, in the arms of people who truly cared. We need to find out who is responsible for this – we want justice for Winston.

– Hope Rescue, Sara Rosser