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Dog is put down after being left in Cotswold Water Park
A NEGLECTED dog was left to die on Saturday when it was dumped near Cotswold Water Park.
Dog walkers visiting the park found the male collie cross with a tumour on its right leg, scratching at fleas and suffering with mange as well as being severely malnourished.
The dog was then picked up by dog walkers and taken to Purton Vets, where medical staff decided it was in such poor condition it was kinder to put it down.
Now a reward is being offered to anyone with information that could lead to a prosecution under animal cruelty laws.
Angler Matthew Williams, a plumber from Bristol, saw the dog being dumped by a woman in her mid to late twenties with dark hair from a silver Vauxhall Corsa at around 7.30am on Saturday morning.
He said: “They should be ashamed of themselves. As far as I am concerned that person should serve at least five years in prison.
“A young lady got out of the car and out of the back door a dog got out of the car. I just thought it must be a dog walker, but about 10 seconds after the dog had got out the woman got back into the car and drove off.
“I thought that she must have just forgotten something, but then a few minutes later the dog appeared near my fishing tent. It was the most awful thing I have ever seen.
“It had a large tumour sticking out of its leg. It was so malnourished I could see its bone structure and it must have been riddled with fleas because it kept biting and scratching the back of its leg.”
Matthew called the RSPCA who instructed him to call the local dog warden, but since it was the weekend he was unable to get through.
At the time he fed the dog from his own fishing supplies.
“I gave him a packet of biscuits and then I gave him a sausage roll. As soon as I did that he just went for the whole packet,” Matthew said.
“I didn’t want him near to my tent because of the fleas so I lured him into the children’s play area.”
At 11am Karen Carter and her partner, Iain McCallum, were walking their springer spaniels when they came across Matthew and the dog.
Karen, 49, from Leigh, said: “The dog was in an absolutely appalling state. His claws were very long so I think he had been shut in and tied up.
“The state of the dog was one of the most sickening things I have ever seen.
“We called the dog warden but there is no dog warden service on the weekend so we called the RSPCA but they couldn’t get there so we gave him some food we bought in Ashton Keynes and then we took him to Purton Vets.”
Graeme Pack, clinical director at Purton Vets, said: “The dog was emaciated and covered in parasites.
“It had clearly been quite badly mistreated and was very anxious. He was very nervous of people.
“We don’t put down dogs if there is something else we can do, but in this case we decided it was kinder to put him out of his misery.
“It upset everybody. It is not something you see every day.”
Karen has offered a £100 reward to anyone who comes forward with information that could lead to a prosecution.
Anybody with information about the dog should call the police on 101.
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