A dog has been found abandoned in a field in St. Helens, UK, with serious stab wounds along her abdomen, shoulders, and legs. The lurcher greyhound cross was found by a woman walking her dog, who immediately called the RSPCA and went to the stricken animal’s aid.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the dog was “weak and clearly in pain, but she still wagged her tail as I approached. When I went to comfort her the poor thing licked my hand and cried.”
The dog was rushed to surgery at the local shelter, where her injuries were treated. Miraculously, she survived her injuries and is being cared for by shelter volunteers. She has been named Annie and is set to go to a foster home later this week while she recovers, before being placed in her forever home by the Leigh Dogs and cats Home.
Annie, who is thought to be around three years old and to have been used in hunting, has multiple scars all over her body from old, healed injuries, and has substantial scarring on her face. So, the stabbing was obviously not the only abuse she has suffered.
One shelter volunteer said “Despite the abuse and torment she has gone through, she is friendly, loving, and trusting. We see so many dogs who are terrified of humans after their abuse, but Annie loves everyone.”
The RSPCA and the police are asking for help in tracking the person responsible for Annie’s abuse, and a spokesperson said that they were planning to prosecute, with the hopes of a severe punishment, to the fullest extent of the law.
Anyone with information is asked to call St Helens, UK Council at 01744 675823 or 01744 676789. Those with information can also contact the Warrington, Halton & St. Helens branch of the RSPCA.