Dog dumped after foot rotted away

A dog was cruelly dumped at the roadside after his foot was left to rot away. The poor animal was found with just a stump after an infection caused his right paw to completely disintegrate. The deserted poodle cross also had more than 1.2kg of matted fur on him – which meant he could barely see or move.

The dog was found down a track at the bottom of a dead end road in Eye, Cambridgeshire, by a group of teenagers who called the RSPCA for help. RSPCA Inspector Carrie O’Riordan collected the poor dog and took him straight the emergency out of hours at Cromwell Veterinary Group in Huntingdon.


Undated handout photo issued by the RSPCA of a severely matted poodle cross named Benji, which was found dumped by a roadside near Eye, Peterborough on Wednesday 13 June.Photo credit: RSPCA/PA Wire
The dog, now named Benji, was severely dehydrated so vet staff kept him comfortable overnight and gave him fluids on a drip. Once he had painkillers and was sedated, four people began the difficult two hour task of carefully cutting and shaving off the matted fur. Vets found that his right foot had completely rotted away, and skin had grown over the stump, and it is likely the foot could have been missing for months, if not longer.
It is thought this was the result of the extreme matting which caused the circulation to stop, and without a blood supply his foot effectively died. Inspector O’Riordan said: ‘I was truly horrified when I saw Benji, he didn’t even resemble a dog.

‘Apart from the matting he smelt extremely bad and his fur was coated in faeces, urine and fleas. ‘In all my years as an inspector I have never seen a matted dog as bad as this. The person who let him get to a condition like this is truly the lowest of the low, there is just no excuse for it. ‘The matting of his fur got so bad that it took the staff at the vets two hours to clip him. When they managed to see his front leg, we discovered that it had been left for so long that the foot had actually rotted away.’

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