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Dog abandoned in one of worst neglect cases ever seen

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Wood Green 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 hauled out of a dark vehicle and tied up outside the Godmanchester Centre in Cambridgeshire at 1.30am on Saturday.

The Old English Sheepdog, which is approximately 10-years-old, was found by a member of the security team who took him inside to comfort him.

Floyd and EmmaHis hair was so long and matted that he struggled to see, hear or go to the toilet. 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 and matts, 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.

“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.

“To allow an animal to reach this state of neglect is criminal and would warrant prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act.”

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: "This is clearly a very distressing incident and Floyd would have suffered tremendously.
"The RSPCA is investigating this and would urge anyone with any information, or who may recognise the description of the car or Floyd to contact the RSPCA cruelty line in confidence on 0300 1234 999."

Anyone with any information about this dog is urged to call the RSPCA 24 hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

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Thank you for your comments and concern for Floyd, at Wood Green the welfare of animals is our top priority and it’s so heartening to see so many of your comments supporting this ethos.

Unfortunately, Floyd is not alone in his suffering, every week the Charity is seeing animals that are suffering due to owners not knowing where or how to get support and help before it’s too late. Wood Green would like to take this opportunity to advise pet owners that we understand that pet ownership does present challenges, and whilst the vast majority of people take on pets with good intentions this is not always enough to provide for all of your pets needs.

The Charity would encourage owners to seek help at the earliest sign of a problem in caring for your pet so as to avoid reaching a crisis situation. Wood Green, like many other animal welfare organisations, offer non-judgemental advice and guidance to existing pet owners and those considering welcoming a new pet into their home.

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