THESE two little dogs were dumped in the street and left to die.
One of the Shih-Tzu-type bitches survived, but the other had to be put down because of the extent of her suffering, caused by blindness in one eye and damage to the other.
Now the RSPCA has launched an appeal to uncover more information about the pair, because of their terrible condition.
The first dog was found in Haswell on Friday, September 20, and the second on Thursday, October 27.
RSPCA Inspector John Lawson said: “I think these two dogs have come from the same place and I’m keen to hear from anyone who knows where.
“They’re the same breed, both are female and they were found wandering in the same small village within weeks of each other.
“I suspect they have been used for breeding and dumped because of the state they were in.”
Both pets were handed in at stray dog kennels in Coxhoe to be cared for.
The first dog had a terrible skin condition which affected almost her entire body.
After seven days, she was rehomed to a specialist breed organisation that seeks to find homes for Shih-Tzu-type dogs.
The second was so poorly she was put to sleep on vet advice.
She was blind in one eye and the other was ruptured.
“They were both in a terrible state, their health having been seriously neglected for a considerable time,” added Inspector Lawson.
“I want to hear from anyone who can provide me with any information about where they might have come from.
“There may be others out there that are in a similar condition and need our help.”
Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal such as a dog carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison, in addition to/or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999, and ask to leave a message for Inspector Lawson.