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Hunt for owners of greyhound left to starve.

Animal charity workers are hunting the owners of a greyhound left to die of starvation on the streets.

The racing dog was found on the Newbiggin Hall estate in Newcastle in a dreadful condition and was taken to Westway Veterinary Surgery on Tuesday night.

Vet Peter Knowles said: "The dog was in a pretty horrendous way. I would say it has a 50/50 chance of survival.

"The next few days will be critical."

The dog did not have a collar and RSPCA chiefs are trying to trace the owners.

RSPCA Inspector Sue Craig said: "I have never seen a dog so skinny. Finding this dog in such a bad way was very distressing for all the staff at the surgery as well as for me personally.

"A member of the public rang the dog warden and when the dog was handed over to us he wasn't even able to stand up. He was put on a drip all night and is making signs of recovery. We are hopeful that it will pull through. We do find a lot of problems with animals at this time of year so soon after Christmas.

"We will be making inquiries with the police and we hope to find out who was responsible for causing this poor animal so much distress."

Anybody with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2004
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