A poorly dog which was found dumped on a remote country lane just after giving birth so seriously injured she had to have her leg amputated.
The Saluki-type dog named Autumn, described as “the sweetest thing” by the RSPCA, was found curled up in leaves suffering from a fractured back leg, which had become badly infected.
Luckily, she was spotted by a passer-by but the limb has since been amputated.
RSPCA inspector Kim Greaves said there was also concern that the dog may have recently given birth to a litter of puppies as she was still lactating when she was found in Emley, West Yorkshire.
Insp Greaves said: “The injuries she has means that she must have been dumped where she was found rather than made her way there herself.
“It is such a shame as she is the sweetest thing. It was just lucky that she was spotted by the people who called us as she was curled up by some tree roots and leaves.
“Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how the fracture happened but four of the metatarsal bones in her foot were broken.
“Along with the infection, which had spread higher up her leg, it was a double whammy.
“She’s still very poorly but hopefully she’ll made a good recovery as there is no doubt in my mind she’ll make someone a great companion.”
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.