RSPCA inquiry after injured bull terrier found in Clacton street
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The RSPCA is appealing for information about a young dog found alone in a Clacton street with a long burn along the side of her body.
Daisy, an English bull terrier believed to be less than a year-old, was discovered by a member of the public in Wellesley Road.
It was initially thought she was a stray who had been the victim of a road accident, so she was handed to the local dog warden.
When a vet examined her it was revealed that the gash along the side of the body was a severe burn.
It is not known for sure what caused the burn.
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However, the RSPCA said it could have been a result of boiling hot water poured over her or something similar.
Daisy is now in the charity’s care and making good progress.
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An initial investigation to find out where she came from and how she could have been abandoned and burned, has come to nothing.
The RSPCA is now asking anyone with any information about what might have happened to come forward.
Daisy was found on October 5.
RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said: “Poor Daisy had a horrific wound all along the side of her body which a vet said was likely to have been a burn.
“It was red raw and went from her left shoulder to her back leg.
“All her fur from the area was missing. It would have been so painful.
“Who knows how she came to be burned in this way.
“Even if it was an accident, this dog should have been taken to a vet for treatment, not just left to wander the streets alone and in pain.
“We urge anyone with any information about what happened here to let us know, on 0300 123 8018.”
“Daisy is doing really well in boarding and the wound is healing - but she will never fully be the same.
“It is unlikely that the fur will never grow back properly and there will be a permanent scar.
“Daisy was understandably very timid and scared when we first took her in, but she is growing in confidence.
“She’s got a lovely temperament and is very playful and will eventually make someone a lovely pet when she’s ready to be rehomed.”
Daisy will hopefully be ready for rehoming in the near future, although Inspector Jones said she still needs more care to recuperate fully before this happens.
She is currently having her wound bathed three times a day as part of her treatment.
The injury is showing improvement, however Daisy’s coat is unlikely to completely grow back.