CONCERNED animal lovers have rallied together to help an injured dog that was found abandoned in South Tyneside.
The greyhound was found in Follingsby Lane, West Boldon, in a bad way and was taken to an emergency vets for treatment by dog warden Lisa Scott.
The people who would treat him this way and just abandon him are disgusting – they turn my stomach.Lisa Scott
The dog was later transferred to King’s Road Vets, in Southwick, Sunderland, where he was named Bentley by the vets looking after him.
After seeing pictures of Bentley on Facebook, people visited the vets to make donations towards his recovery, handing over around £1,500 so far.
Miss Scott, a self employed night-time dog warden, said: “A gentleman found him lying on the side of the road very badly injured and called the council, who called me to go and pick him up.
“As soon as I saw him, I thought he’d been used for bait. His body was covered in dog food, it was all around his collar and neck, and the lad that found him said he had string hanging from his collar with dog biscuits tied to it.
“He’s just come out of his operation at King’s Road and they’ve been fantastic with him.
“The people who would treat him this way and just abandon him are disgusting – they turn my stomach.
“This dog shows nothing but affection and for people to treat him that way is just appalling.
“He’s found a home with one of the vets and he is doing much better and thanks to people’s kind donations, the money is there to treat him.”
Dog owner Helen Marley also expressed her concern about the animal.
She said: “It was found by the side of the road with really bad injuries.
“It had dog food smeared all over its back and biscuits tied to it. It looks like it had been used as bait in a dog fight.
“People are really concerned about it and have been going in to the vets to donate money towards its treatment.
“It’s lovely to see the way everyone is pulling together to help the dog. Everyone is just shocked and disgusted at the way it’s been treated.”
Pictures of the dog’s injured were posted on social networking site Facebook, on pages dubbed ‘Animals lost and found in or around Sunderland’ and ‘Dog theft awareness County Durham’, with people expressing their concern.
King’s Road Vet Practice also posted pictures of Bentley on their Facebook page to show his recovery.
They said: “He’s recovering very well from his operation. He’s such a lovely, trusting boy. We’d like to thank everyone for their kind donations. Your help and support is very much appreciated.”
The RSPCA said that had not received any reports about the dog.
A spokesman said: “If anyone wishes to report their concerns about an animal that may be suffering or have been subjected to cruelty then they should call 0300 1234 999.”
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “We can confirm that at 9pm yesterday, we received a call expressing concern for a greyhound after it was found with injuries on Follingsby Lane, in Boldon. Inquiries are ongoing.”