An elderly and emaciated dog died after being dumped in Oldham.
The cross-breed male dog was found on Coalshaw Green Road by a member of the public on Friday.
When an RSPCA rescuer arrived, the dog could barely lift his head due to being so weak and neglected.
He was rushed to a nearby vets for emergency treatment but was too ill. The suffering animal was put down.
Steve Wickham, RSPCA animal rescuer, is now trying to find out who owned the dog and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The dog was microchipped but the details were not registered.
Steve said: “It was heart-breaking to see this elderly and clearly underweight dog left helpless in the street in his hour of need.
“I believe whoever owned the dog neglected him to such a level he was left dying and instead of seeking help they callously decided to discard him like a piece of rubbish.
“He was so weak the dog would have been unable to walk to this spot on his own so he must have been carried.
“He was so thin all his ribs were protruding and he weighed just 6kg – when the vet said his normal weight should have been around 20kg.
“His body was shutting down so the vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep.
“I am keen to find the person responsible for this and hope someone may be able to tell me who owned the dog.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in this area around the time the dog was dumped.”
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
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