THE RSPCA and council chiefs are investigating claims that a family pet was mauled by other dogs - and has since had to be put down - while being homed in Wigan kennels.
It has been alleged that the dog, Rex, was badly injured in the attack at Manor House Farm, Aspull, over the weekend. The RSPCA has been informed and are conducting their own investigation.
Unprecedented numbers of borough residents have contacted the Wigantoday Facebook page to express their horror and disgust at the allegations.
And Wigan Council tweeted this morning: “Lots of you have contacted us regarding an alleged incident at Manor House Farm. We are aware of the complaint and are investigating.”
Rex’s owner Gary Fish, 50, was devastated to come back from a break in Kent to see his beloved 16-year-old border collie/labrador with matted fur, congealed with dried blood.
He rushed him to the vets, who delivered the shattering news that he could not be treated.
Gary, a father-of-four, said: “A friend of mine had picked him up. Apparently he was lying down and could not move his back legs. He stank of urine and his coat was in clumps. His tail was usually bushy and curled up, but it was stringy and part of it had come away. His tail was severed and there was congealed blood at the end.
“The kennel owner should have informed us what had happened. He said Rex ‘had taken a dive’ and had to move him into his own pen. The owner said he didn’t know anything about his injuries, but on taking him to the vets antiseptic spray was discovered, meaning they must have know to spray him.
“The vet said that due to his age and condition, there was nothing they could do. He would not survive any treatment.
“I was in shock and very angry.
A friend of mine had picked him up. Apparently he was lying down and could not move his back legs. He stank of urine and his coat was in clumps. His tail was usually bushy and curled up, but it was stringy and part of it had come away. His tail was severed and there was congealed blood at the endGary Fish
“We have had Rex for 16 years, since he was six weeks old, and he was a family member. My four children grew up with him and they are devastated by our loss.”
A spokeman for RSPCA said: “The RSPCA has received five calls, one late last night and four this morning, about a dog that has been put to sleep on veterinary advice after allegedly being collected from an address where he was being boarded in Wigan.
“An RSPCA officer is looking into what happened and we can’t say any more at this time.”
Within hours of the Facebook post, a petition was set up asking Wigan MP Lisa Nandy to step in and help close the kennel. It has had more than 3,200 signatures, in just 13 hours.
Shirley Andrew commented on Facebook: “These people are making good money from people who care about their pets.”
Georgia Antartis commented: “I am disgusted ... I have signed the petition.”
Patricia Ashcroft commented: “I’m glad this is being looked into, poor dog it’s so sad.”
Stephen Moss commented: “I hope this place is shut pending an investigation.”