Rodney, a lurcher cross, was found in a pathetic condition, locked inside a wet and dirty kennel in a back garden.
The dog was reportedly discovered after an estate agent went to the house to carry out an eviction and contacted the RSPCA. The grimiest thing was, he had chewed off a portion of his tail.
The malnourished dog was rescued from the property in Huyton, Liverpool to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital. He was so weak that his bones were protruding, his tail had been badly damaged and he had sores on his legs caused by the damp kennel.
The three-year-old’s tail was so injured that it had to be amputated halfway. Despite all he had been through he still had the capacity to wag it after being nursed back to full health, the RSPCA said. The animal charity’s Warrington, Halton and St Helen’s branch are now hunting for a caring home for him.
Alana Bibby, welfare team leader, said: Rodney was such a jolly and happy chap – you wouldn’t know he had such a bad start in life. He had come on great in their care – and he loved people. Poor Rodney was so stressed with being left on his own for such long periods of time without interaction that he chewed his own tail and had to have it amputated halfway up. He now had half a tail but still enthusiastically wagged it. It seemed he was keen to make up for lost time as they believed he was left in a kennel for long periods of time and had probably never lived in a home.
Although he got on well with other dogs he would need an owner with “patience to care for him”, she added.
She continues: “They will have to treat him like a puppy and start from scratch with training him – but he will do well because he is a very bright dog who is so eager to please.”
RSPCA inspector Pamela Bird said Rodney’s owner was traced and had agreed to hand over the dog to the charity.