Emaciated body of bulldog found dumped in park sparks desperate appeal

An appeal has been launched after a dead dog was found dumped in a park.

The emaciated body of the American bulldog was discovered by a horrified passerby.

His ribs were “clearly visible” while the three-year-old pooch was covered in pressure sores.

The RSPCA is now urging anyone with information to come forward after it was found in Victoria Park in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

The animal charity says it wants to discover how it came to be in such a bad state but fears it had been "living in his own mess".

RSPCA Inspector Emma Brook said: “This must have been an awful discovery for the person who found this dog’s body and we are very keen to find out what happened to this poor dog.

“He was emaciated and all of his ribs are clearly visible.

“He also had a large number of pressure sores across the body and legs.

“There was faecal matter around his backend and there was a strong ammonia smell so I suspect that this poor dog had been living in his own mess with no suitable bedding which resulted in the pressure sores.”

The mutt was microchipped but this has not helped the charity find anything out.

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She added: “It’s likely that the dog hadn’t been in the park for more than a few days but it could have been as little as a few hours, unfortunately the vets were not able to give us an exact time.

“This was a three-year-old brindle, male American bulldog type dog and he was microchipped but unfortunately this hasn’t led to any information.”

The charity has launched an appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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