RSPCA says dog's welfare being met after social media storm

The RSPCA has sought to reassure Wigan residents it believes a dog's welfare is being met following a massive outcry on social media.

Thursday, 25th July 2019, 9:18 am
Updated Thursday, 25th July 2019, 10:18 am

The animal welfare organisation responded following huge public concern about an animal at an address on Scot Lane in Marsh Green.

Other news: Man taken to hospital after large fire breaks out at Wigan paint factoryUnprecedented numbers of people have been getting in touch with the RSPCA and Wigan Today about the dog, which is shown tied to what looks like a generator on a long rope in pictures on Facebook.

There was no evidence of food, water or shelter for the canine in the images.

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Concerns have been raised further by the current heatwave, with several days of sweltering temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius in the borough.

However, the RSPCA said while it was unable to discuss cases in detail it does not think the incident is animal cruelty.

A spokesperson said: "Unfortunately we're unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may or may not have been taken, but we would like to reassure people that the dog's welfare is being met.

"We understand when people have very real concerns about the way an animal is being kept but we are only able to act when the law is breached."

Animal lovers have been getting in touch with the authorities about the dog since the end of last week, with video footage also being posted online.

However, there was no sign of the animal in the area on Wednesday afternoon.