RIBS protruding through her skin, this starved dog is barely able to stand.
Shocked RSPCA inspectors said the Staffordshire terrier cross was one of the worst cases they had seen in more than 20 years.
The animal, just skin and bone, was found in the Washington Galleries area on Sunday,
Despite the best efforts of Wearside vets and the RSPCA, the dog was in such a terrible condition that she had to be put down.
Inspector Tony Jackman was left disgusted by the episode and said that she was one of the skinniest dogs he had seen in RSPCA career.
“I’m absolutely appalled that someone could have a dog in this condition,” he said.
“Even if it was ill, it’s still in a poor condition. It was literally skin and bone. The vets had to put it to sleep.”
Now he hopes the owner of the dog can be found and brought to justice.
Insp Jackman said the vets believed the dog could only have been a few years old.
The RSPCA is now appealing for any information that could help it find the person responsible.
for the neglect.