THIS emaciated dog was abandoned by her heartless owners.
A man walking his own dog found the female black and white Staffordshire bull terrier by the Pataks factory on Marsh Playing Fields in Leigh and took her home.
He called the RSPCA who took her straight to a vet. Now the charity is looking for information to find the people who abandoned her.
RSPCA Inspector Vicki McDonald said: “She was absolutely emaciated and so weak she had collapsed.
“It is disgraceful - one of the thinnest dogs I have ever seen. She was in such a pitiful state.
“By seeing the condition of her coat, it was clear she had not been roaming the streets for days, as she was dry.
“It appears she had come from a home and had been abandoned. I am urging the owners, or anyone with any information to come forward.
“If anyone has any ounce of feeling, they should come forward and help us with our inquiries.
“I am very keen to speak to the owners to establish how she got into this state.
“If the situation arises that you are no longer able to cope with the welfare needs of any pet, there are people out there who can offer help, as well as the RSPCA. It is only a phone call to ask for help. We were really lucky to find this dog - she could have died.”
The dog, named Brooke by the RSPCA as she was found near a brook, is expected to be released from the veterinary surgery later this week and given to a temporary foster home, as she is too weak to stay in RSPCA kennels.
Inspector McDonald added: “Hopefully she will make a good recovery and go to a good home environment.”
Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 with information.