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Eleventh hour rescue for puppy left for dead in street.

A PUPPY was found dumped in the middle of a Liverpool street in what was described as a "horrifying" case of neglect.

The three-month-old - which has been named Francis - looked lifeless when it was discovered in Queens Drive last Thursday. The RSPCA is now appealing for help in find out what happened to the animal whose condition was so bad that onlookers believed he was dead.

He was so weak he could not open his mouth or stand up and when he was taken back to a local house he refused all food and water offered to him.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Matt Brown said: "Francis looked completely lifeless when he was found.

"When I went to collect him my first thought was that he was dead as he was in such a bad way. I took a photo of him for evidence and he looks lifeless in it.

"I immediately took him to a vet where he was given fluids and kept warm. The state that he was in was absolutely terrible.

"It is horrifying to think that someone somewhere thought it was OK to dump an innocent and defenceless animal in this way. We are urging anyone who knows anything at all about Francis to do the right thing and contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2016
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