A DOG with a tumour the size of ‘a small football’ has been found tied up and dumped on one of Spen’s busiest roads.
The female collie cross was found tethered to a barbed wire fence-post at the side of the A58, near Drub Lane, by two women on their way to work on Wednesday morning.
The dog has a large tumour hanging from its abdomen and vets estimate surgery could cost up to £1,500.
She is now being kept at kennels near Sheffield, and if no one comes forward to claim her within seven days, she could be put to sleep.
Emily Heward, 23, who discovered the animal with her colleague, said: “We only just spotted the dog’s head as we drove past because she was down a slight embankment. Our first thought was that she’d been hit by a car.
“When we approached her, we saw she had this gigantic tumour hanging between her legs, about the size of a small football.
“She must have been in absolute agony, she couldn’t even sit or lie down because of the size of it.
“It must have been left untreated for months and months to get to that state. We were both in tears.”
Emily took the dog to the Abbey House Veterinary Surgery, in Cleckheaton, where the dog was examined by vet Shona McLachlan.
Shona said: “The tumour affects her ability to walk but otherwise she seems like a bright and happy dog. I’ve seen a couple of similar instances, but the tumours are not usually this bad.”
Emily said she could not understand how the owners could allow it to suffer for such a long time, then dump her at the side of the road.
“She must have been starving because as soon as she got in the car she started frantically sniffing around for crumbs and licking at the floor. We opened a bag of crisps and she’d devoured the lot within seconds,” she added.
“I dread to think what might have happened to her if we’d not stopped. It’s a busy road and the traffic moves pretty quickly, so who knows how long she would have been left there suffering for?”
However, help is at hand from the Birkenshaw-based Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue, the charity which was the beneficiary of the Guardian readers’ Justice for Jess appeal last year.
Kathy Hirst from the charity said: “We have every intention of collecting the dog next Thursday after it has served the statutory eight days at the kennels. We will endeavour to get her the treatment she needs.”
Kirklees Council’s animal welfare officers are interested in tracing the owners of the dog.
l Contact the Rescue charity on 07712 675312, or visit www.yorkshirerosedogrescue.co.uk