Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Can Anyone Do This to an Animal?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Can Anyone Do This to an Animal?

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Just 12 days before Christmas this dog was found abandoned and half-starved in a suburban street, the RSPCA said yesterday.

Despite being all skin and bone, Cracker ( as he's been called by veterinary nurses ( still manages to wag his tail and let out a whimper of a bark.

He may have even been abandoned because his owners wanted to get a new puppy for Christmas.

Now the RSPCA want to find his owner and are appealing to the public for their help.

The four-year-old black Staffordshire bull terrier was found wandering in Springwell Terrace, Gateshead, on Sunday night.

He was rescued by the RSPCA and is being cared for by staff at the Westway Veterinary surgery in Newcastle's West End. Diane Elcoate, from the surgery, said Cracker was lucky to be alive and would have died if he had not been rescued.

"He's in an emaciated condition and it is likely he's not been fed properly for at least a month," she said.

"If Cracker had not been rescued he would not have seen Christmas because of the cold weather. …

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