A ‘SWEET-NATURED and gentle’ dog is searching for a new home after being abandoned in Burton bloodied and smelling of disinfectant.
The lurcher cross, which has been christened Jake by the RSPCA, was found by a passer by on Shobnall Fields last month.
Traces of blood were discovered on the dog, who was found with a fresh cut to his ear and is also thought to have been washed in disinfectant.
It is not known how long he had been on his own.
Jake is now being nursed back to health at the charity’s rescue centre in Hillfield Lane, Stretton.
Officers at the charity investigating the case are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the dog being dumped to come forward.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “Little Jake, as he has since been named by the RSPCA, was found at around 12.30pm on March 12.
“He was rescued by a member of the public. He ran up to him on Shobnall Fields.
“The dog was then taken to the RSPCA Burton and District branch – where he is currently being cared for.
“Jake smelt like he had been washed in disinfectant and his fur was wet.
“He had some blood on him and a cut to his ear.”
Jake, who is thought to be reasonably young, has been warming to staff at the centre since his arrival, and has been described as gentle and friendly.
The charity said they would be looking to rehome him once he has fully recovered.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Inspector Jayne Bashford on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.