THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare breed dog was found in an appalling condition, chained to a large lump of concrete in Purfleet.
RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor was called to the garages off Sussex Terrace, Purfleet, after a local resident spotted the distressed dog chained inside a derelict garage with the door missing.
The un-neutered male dog was in a terrible condition – not only obviously emaciated but suffering from painful arthritis in his back legs.
No food or water were left out for the dog and he was chained in such a way that he could barely move.
After being freed by the RSPCA, he was rushed to a nearby vets by inspector Taylor where his condition remains critical.
Inspector Taylor said: “It was a heartbreaking sight. Akitas are a large, powerful dog but this poor creature was painfully thin, dehydrated and could barely walk because of a painful condition in his back legs.
“He was also deeply distressed – which is unsurprising considering the level of pain, fear and discomfort he was clearly experiencing.
“They must have known they were abandoning him to die a slow and painful death. Why someone would do this is beyond comprehension,” he added.
The dog was in such a state that at first examination the inspector thought he was elderly, but further examination showed he may be much younger than was originally thought.