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'I don't know how she's alive' horror as dog is abandoned.

Byline: KATIE COLLINGS Reporter

A severely emaciated dog has been found abandoned in North Shields.

An investigation is under way after the white Staffordshire bull terrier, named Ayma by the veterinary staff, was discovered by a member of the public on Friday.

Ayma, who is so thin all her ribs are visible and she is unable to stand or walk, was found on a grassy embankment near Howdon Road, close to the A187.

The staffie is around four-yearsold, she's not microchipped and is covered in fleas despite wearing a brown flea collar.

A check-over at the vets found that she weighed just over six kilos, less than half the 16kg an adult dog should weigh.

RSPCA inspector Cathy Maddison, who is now investigating, said: "No matter how long I do this job, nothing quite prepares you for seeing a dog at this level of emaciation. "I don't know how she is still alive and what is even more heartbreaking is just how lovely and friendly she is, despite what she has been through. She was found by a member of the public who spotted her wrapped in an old towel. Luckily, the kind member of the public scooped her up and we were contacted.

"He told me he was on his way to get ready for a job interview when he stopped what he was doing to help which really shows the kindness of members of the public.

"She is now on fluids at the vets and has been given some muchneeded food. Sadly, it is really touch and go for her as she is so emaciated.

"We are now appealing for information to try and find out how she came to be abandoned. If anyone recognises her, or has any information which may help our investigation, please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2018
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