The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly Shih Tzu was found straying and in pain in Skegness yesterday.
Passers-by found the Shih Tzu staggering along Alexandra Road with several severe health issues.
RSPCA inspector Laura Jones rushed the tiny dog to a nearby vets – but sadly nothing could be done to save her.
Inspector Laura Jones said: “This poor girl was in such a sorry state when she was found.
“She had a golf ball sized hard tumour in her abdomen, hair loss across her back, a flea infestation and solid matted fur on all four legs and her tail, she was extremely underweight too. To add to all of that she had burst abscesses in her mouth and rotting teeth.
“The vets named her Laura. It was heartbreaking to see her in so much pain and absolutely the worst case of long term neglect I’ve seen in a long time.
“It is so upsetting to think all this was preventable if only her owner had sought treatment when she first needed help. It would have taken many weeks for her to deteriorate to the level she was at.
“I am really keen to locate the person responsible for her appalling condition.”
Anyone with information about where this dog might’ve come from is urged to contact the RSPCA Inspector Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Insp Laura Jones as soon as possible.