RSPCA appeal after elderly dog found with such matted fur he couldn’t walk

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a matted dog was handed into a veterinary practice in Norwich.

The little black Ihasa apso type was taken into the practice in Costessey on Thursday morning (8 November) by members of the public who claimed they’d found him as a stray.

The male terrier, was said to have been found by members of the public wandering along East Hills Road and staff say that he was in such a state that they alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Astilberry attended and said: “This poor little dog is an awful condition. He’s horrendously matted with awful stinky teeth and a very gunky and sore eye. His coat was so badly matted, particularly around his backend, that he couldn’t walk and was covered in his own faeces. Vets said he couldn’t go to the toilet properly because of the matting.”

The small pooch, nicknamed Clive is thought to be around 13-years-old. He’ll be staying at the practice for treatment and to be groomed. He’ll then be moved to kennels.

Inspector Astilberry added: “Someone knows who this little dog belongs to, someone will recognise him and can help our investigation. Anyone with information about who owns him or where he may have come from should get in touch with our appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018. To allow a dog to get into this state is inexcusable.”

Clive is not microchipped – a legal requirement for dogs since 2016 – and wasn’t wearing a collar or ID tag.