A greyhound has been found mutilated, covered in blood and mud on a grass verge in Bedlington, Northumberland – less than three miles from Cambois dog track. His ears had been hacked off with a sharp implement and had electricians tape on his legs and back.
Staff at the vets where he is now recovering have named him ‘Dougie’ and he is the third greyhound in as many months to be mutilated in such a fashion – sadly he was the only one to survive such an attack.
The RSPCA have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward to help identify those responsible in what RSPCA Inspector Ian Smith has described as a “sickening act of cruelty”
“It is clear this dog’s ears have been removed by a sharp implement, which must have caused him unimaginable pain and distress. Thankfully he was rescued early and taken to safety, else he easily could have died”.
If anyone has any information they should contact the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice Line on 0300 123 4999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Ian Smith or click here for other ways you can contact the RSPCA
Do you recognise Dougie?
Although Dougie’s ears – cruelly stamped with identifying tattoos at the tender age of 10 weeks – have now been cut off, it is still possible to identify him and his last registered owner, through DNA sampling – if he was bred in Ireland.
Please watch the news report below and wonder how this gentle, passive and trusting breed can sustain such torture yet continue to be so forgiving. Dougie is now well on the road to recovery and we wish him a beautiful life – one which he deserved from birth and one which we hope all greyhounds will enjoy in the near future.
Dougie finds a loving home