A Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog has been handed into a vets in Bishop Auckland after being found wandering the streets with a cable-tie around the base of his penis and his collar so tight his ‘eyes were bulging’.
The dog, named Rufus by vet staff, was brought into the Wilson Veterinary Group practice on Tenters Street at 10.45am on Sunday morning (3 August) and given immediate treatment.
Vets Jenni Long and Sarah Crawford are caring for him. Sarah said: “He was sedated and the cable tie and collar removed.
“His penis was almost black and we don’t know yet whether or not he’ll have to have it amputated.
“His collar was so tight his head had swollen and his eyes were bulging and he was in poor body condition too.
“I can’t think of any reason why someone would put a cable-tie around the base of a dog’s penis. Poor Rufus has suffered tremendously.”
Rufus is a very friendly un-neutered male, aged around one year old, and is an unusual colour, known as ‘lemon’, with lots of white speckles.
The member of the public who found him said they had done so in Greenfield, Newton Aycliffe.
RSPCA inspector Kaye Smith is appealing for the public’s help: “This is a very recognisable dog because of his colouring.
“If anyone knows who he belongs to, or has any specific information that might help us to find out how this happened to him and who is responsible, please call and leave a message for me.”
The RSPCA inspector appeal number is 0300 123 8018.
Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal is an offence and carries a maximum sentence of £20,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison.