COVERED in petrol and barely able to stand, Lucky was left for dead on the doorstep of a dog kennels.
Staff at Cleadon Kennels said the discovery left them horrified, as the scale of cruelty to innocent animals continues to rise.
The once-cute collie-lurcher cross was found covered in scabs, fading patches of fur and had bones protruding from her skin.
A vet’s examination revealed Lucky is suffering from severe chemical burns.
And as a result all of her fur will fall out and is unlikely to grow back.
“She is absolutely wrecked, underweight, covered in scabs and scratches and is filthy,” said kennels manager Sarah Wilkinson.
“She was covered from top to bottom in petrol, and had been left tied to the fence with a piece of rope that was so long she could have ran into the busy road.”
She added: “We see some things here, but this is by far the worst.
“We’ve never come across someone who has tried to set fire to a dog before.
“We’re noticing a more and more disturbing level of cruelty and suffering being inflicted on dogs and it really is becoming a huge problem.”
Overnight on Tuesday, the kennel owners, who live on the site, were woken by the sound of their two German Shepherds that guard the gate.
Heidi Carr went to see what the noise was and discovered the distressed dog tied to the fence.
“Heidi is still really distressed by it,” Sarah said.
“We don’t know how anyone can do something like this, it’s awful.”
Lucky, who was given the name by kennels staff after being dealt a second chance in life and surviving her ordeal, has been given cream for her skin and antibiotics.
And her plight has already stolen the heart of the vet’s nurse who treated her, who is hoping to give Lucky a home once she heals.
Sarah said: “Considering everything she has been through, she’s taking everything in her stride and is doing really well. She’s so sweet-natured.
“We don’t usually have dogs dumped on us like this and we want to remind people there are 24 hour dog wardens that work across the region.”
The kennels has seen a rise in lurchers being abandoned over recent months and is looking to re-home them.
Anyone interested can contact the Cleadon Lane kennels on 529 2369.