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Boxer dog abandoned with hideous open wound in Accrington

Written by on July 6, 2020

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a summer surge in abandoned animals across Lancashire due to rising costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The animal charity is worried the financial fallout from the Covid-19 crisis could see more Lancashire pet owners struggling to keep up with paying for their pets.

In the summer of 2019, the RSPCA received 643 reports of animals dumped across Lancashire.

This included the heartbreaking case of a Boxer dog who had been dropped off at the RSPCA Lancashire East Branch, in Accrington, in July 2019.

Two men had found her abandoned and upon inspection, RSPCA vets found she was riddled with tumours and had a ghastly open wound on her tail.

The poor girl had to be put to sleep due to the extent of her injuries and illness.

Investigating officer Demi Hodby said: “This poor older girl had an absolutely hideous open wound on the base of her tail.

“Vets suspected it had been a tumour that had ulcerated before bursting and getting infected – it had obviously been this way – untreated – for some time.

“She also had a number of tumours in her mouth. She must have been in so much pain.

“Unfortunately, vets determined that there was nothing they could do to help her and made the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep.”

During the three months since lockdown began, the RSPCA has received reports about 3,492 abandoned animals – about 40 calls a day – including 1,509 dogs, 1,165 cats, 299 small furries such as hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets and 275 exotic pets.

The RSPCA is now bracing for a bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic.

It has launched an emergency appeal to continue its vital rescue work.