A DUMPED puppy was found emaciated and with a maggot-infested wound in York, leaving vets with little option but to euthanise it.
The RSPCA which was called to the scene after a member of the public discovered the pug puppy are appealing for people who may know who owned the animal to contact the charity.
When animal inspectors arrived at Murton Lane, Murton on Wednesday, May 13, the puppy was in a cardboard box and suffering from a prolapse which had become maggot-infested.
It was taken to Tower Vets, York but had to be put down.
RSPCA inspector Karen Coleman said: “This poor pup was in a terrible state. How someone could just dump an animal which was clearly already suffering is beyond me.
“She was emaciated but in addition to that she also had a prolapse which would have required urgent vet treatment, the fact that this was infested with maggots leads me to believe she had the prolapse for at least a few days.
“There was nothing the vets could do to save her, the only humane thing to do was to put her to sleep.”
The puppy, a female thought to be aged around two-months-old, was dumped in a cardboard box inside another box which bore a patio heater label.
Insp Coleman said: “I want to hear from anyone who thinks they know who this puppy belonged to. Do you know someone who had a pug puppy and no longer does? Did you see anything suspicious in the area?
“Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”