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23 November 2018, 16:36 | Updated: 23 November 2018, 16:42
A dog's died after being abandoned inside a sports bag in a Portsmouth car park.
A member of the public found the dog on Wednesday (21 November) in a car park at the ramparts in Hilsea at around 9am.
The dog - an older, neutered male Staffordshire bull terrier cross - was found on a grass verge in a black Adidas sports bag, wrapped in the duvet in the bag.
The tan-coloured dog was rushed to The Stubbington Ark RSPCA Animal Shelter by the member of public who found him but sadly he’d passed away before arrival.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Coggins, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said:
“This poor dog has been discarded rubbish and simply left to suffer when he was in desperate need of help.
“It’s heartbreaking to think of him alone and frightened having been left to die in a bag in this freezing weather.
“We’re very grateful to the person who found him for showing kindness and compassion and caring for him in his final moments.
“He was alive when he was found but sadly died before arrival at our centre. He was riddled with fleas and had overgrown nails and muscle wastage on his head and a small growth on his right hock.
“We have no way of knowing where he came from, and he has no microchip, so we are appealing to the public to come forward with information.
“Anyone who has any information should contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018, and leave a message for myself. All calls will be treated with confidence.”