Information needed on shocking case of dog abuse

Council dog wardens are calling for people to come forward with information about a shocking case of abuse that has resulted in a puppy being put down.

Wardens were asked to go to playing fields in the Neville’s area of Osmondthorpe on Tuesday 18 September, where it was reported that an abandoned puppy was suffering breathing difficulties.

When they arrived on the scene wardens were horrified to find a severely emaciated Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, estimated to be about four months old.

The brown male pup was immediately taken to vets for medical attention. But the young dog had been starved to the point where its body had begun to shut down.

The puppy was put down to end his suffering.

The case has been reported to the RSPCA and wardens are handing over the evidence they’ve gathered so far.

Anyone with information about the puppy or his owner are being asked to pass this on to the RSPCA.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“We need to ensure that whoever allowed this animal to suffer so much during its very short life is held to account.

“Wardens deal with cases of stray and abandoned dogs every day but this is one of the worst cases of neglect they’ve seen involving such a young dog. Its particularly upsetting as its clear the puppy was denied the basic care it needed and being in such a state doesn’t occur overnight.

“Whether this was allowed to happen through ignorance or done deliberately we can’t say, but it flies in the face of being a responsible dog owner.”

Anyone with information about the puppy or its owners can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Any information provided will be treated anonymously.

As well as dealing with strays and fouling, dog wardens can give residents the benefit of their years of experience. They are on hand to give friendly, expert advice on responsible dog ownership, including routine health care such as worming, de-fleaing, vaccinating, neutering and microchipping. If they can’t help then they will put you in touch with someone who can. Contact the dog wardens on 0113 222 4406.

Notes to editors

Photos of the puppy are available on request.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk