A DOG found abandoned on the street had been severely burnt by a barbecue grill according to his rescuers.
The dog was taken to Babbington Rescue Centre in Awsworth covered in weeping wounds which, after they healed, revealed griddle marks.
Rescue centre owner Tony Sanderson said: “I was horrified to think that anyone could do that.”
The vet told Mr Sanderson the marks were obviously burn lines and it looked like the dog had been ‘put on a barbecue griddle’.
The dog, named Synthia by staff at the centre, had big patches of hair missing where it had been burnt off, and was also found to have a cancerous tumour.
Mr Sanderson said: “Her back was almost hairless and covered in puss so we knew something had happened to her.
“Whether it was the original owner after they found out about the tumour or whether she was abandoned and then picked up off the street by someone, I don’t know.”
Mr Sanderson said the centre was at ‘bursting point’ and things were currently ‘impossible’.
He said the crowded kennels were down to over-breeding and the economic situation.
People cannot afford their dogs any more or they are forced to go into rented accommodation where they are not allowed pets, he said.
“There are people getting thrown out of their houses and finding there’s nowhere for their dogs to go. Often landlords don’t like dogs.
“A lot of the over-breeding comes down to the economy as well. People are breeding and selling dogs to just get a bit of extra cash. We even heard of one person offering a ‘puppy for a drug fix’.”
Mr Sanderson said he is now having to turn away about six dogs a week.
“It’s pretty disgusting really. The whole thing has gone back in time,” he said. “We’re fighting and pushing hard.”
Synthia, a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Jack Russell, is being fostered by a veterinary nurse but only has a few months left to live because of the tumour.
If anybody would like to adopt one of the rescue centre’s dogs they should call Mr Sanderson on 07725 315 375 or 0115 9324576 or visit www.babbington-rescue.org.uk.