The pet was discovered dumped outside an RSPCA centre after being abandoned by her owner overnight. The photos show the dog peering through the railings of a metal gate waiting for help. The unwanted pet was tied up to a gate and discovered by shocked staff with her head poking through desperate to be freed on Wednesday morning.
The little grey Staffie, now named Misty, was dumped at RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre, in Leicester.
Misty looked gaunt and also had been left with cuts on her nose, and her skin is in a bad state.
A spokesman for the animal charity said: “She was stood with her head pushed through the bars of the gate, her ears back with these big, brown puppy dog eyes.
“She just looked so sad and frightened, it was heartbreaking.
“She’s doing okay in kennels but feels really sorry for herself, which is understanding.
“She must be so confused and disorientated.”
RSPCA inspector Karl Marston is now investigating what happened to the poor pooch, and hopes to bring the offenders to justice.
He said: “Poor Misty was skinny and her ribs were clearly visible.
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The RSPCA advises people to give their unwanted pet the best chance of finding a happy home by contacting the original seller to see if they would be willing to take the pet back.
Pet owners could also contact a charity with experience in matching the pet with the right owner.
With regards to taking in unwanted dogs, RSPCA said: “We are dedicated to preventing animal cruelty, neglect and suffering.
“We are a charity, with limited resources, and we need to ensure there are enough spaces in our centres to take in those animals most in need.
“Sadly, this means our centres aren’t always able to take in stray animals or unwanted pets.