A SEVERELY neglected elderly German Shepherd had to be put down after being found wandering around Warwick with rotting flesh.
The nine year-old dog named Jake, was picked up by a local dog warden in a lane between Hampton Magna and Hatton on January 5.
He had to be put to sleep on humane grounds as he was so poorly with rotting flesh, a severely matted coat, pus coming out of his eyes and ears and he could hardly stand.
The dog warden called the RSPCA due to the state of neglect.
Inspector Georgia McCormick said: “The skin condition had left Jake with rotting flesh, resulting in a lingering, horrific smell. While he was able to stand, he was very weak on his back legs.
“Jake also had a severely matted coat and had pus coming out of his eyes and ears. His claws were three inches long and he could not put any pressure on them, therefore he was struggling to walk. On top of that, he was incredibly thin, with a body score of one out of five. There was no fat on him at all, and his ribs, backbone and hips were sticking out.
“He was in a very bad way and clearly had not been cared for in a very long time.”
Jake’s name and age were on his microchip but as his owner’s details are not up to date the warden and RSPCA could not get in touch.
The charity are now trying to find out what happened to the dog.
Inspector McCormick said: “We are really keen to find out how Jake came to be how he was, and whether he was callously dumped. He was suffering a great deal when he was found. It is horrific to think that he got into this state.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018 and speak to the RSPCA.