Charity Sees Worst Case Of Animal Neglect

Wood Green, The Animals Charity is appealing for information after a dog was tied up by a piece of string and abandoned - in one of the worst animal neglect cases ever seen.

Floyd, as he has been named by staff, was left tied up outside the Godmanchester Centre in Cambridgeshire in the early hours of Saturday the 27th of August.

The Old English Sheepdog, which is approximately 10 years-old, was found by a member of the security team. His hair was so long and matted that he struggled to see or hear.

The claws on his feet were so long that Floyd was in severe pain as he attempted to walk.

Floyd needed urgent medical treatment and received round the clock care from vets and nurses who removed 13kg of hair, clipped his two inch long claws and removed cysts and grass seeds out of his paws and ears in a two hour operation.

In order to bring him back to full health, Floyd will also need to undergo dental, ear, eye and skin treatment.

It is also thought that he was poorly exercised and will therefore need to build up the muscles in his back legs and learn to walk normally again.

Head of Dog Section Wendy Kruger said: "We were all extremely shocked and distressed at Floyd’s condition. It is the worst case of animal neglect the Charity has ever seen. Our main priority was to make him as comfortable as possible while we tried to treat his many ailments."

Wendy added: "All the staff worked extremely hard to ensure that Floyd received the best love and attention that we could give him. This is just the first stage of his recovery, Floyd will need extensive treatment to bring him back to full health so he can live out his retirement years.''

The case has been passed onto the RSPCA, anyone with information can call their 24 hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.