STOCKTON Council's Animal Welfare Officers are appealing for information after a dog, close to death, was abandoned in a Stockton alley.
The female cross German Shepherd bitch weighed just 11kg when she was found collapsed in a rear alley by a resident in Norfolk Street, Oxbridge.
The dog was severely emaciated, dehydrated, anaemic and also had a skin condition and badly matted coat.
Animal Welfare Officers and the veterinary surgeon were not sure she would survive, but after two weeks of treatment and care she is slowly putting on weight and her condition is improving. She now weighs 12.2kg although the average weight of a dog of this breed would be around 25kg.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: "This is an absolutely awful case of animal cruelty and we are appealing for anyone who may know where she may have come from to get in touch with us in confidence.
"No animal should have to be put through such an ordeal and we will make every effort to trace the owners and take appropriate action."
Anyone who may be struggling to look after their pet is urged to seek advice or assistance at an early stage from the Animal Welfare Service, or another animal organisation in relation to their pet.
Anyone who has any information regarding the stray dog can call Animal Welfare on (01642) 526575.