An elderly dog had to be put to sleep after he was discovered collapsed and starving in a Leeds garden.
The Labrador cross was spotted in a garden on South Farm Road, in Gipton, on Saturday.
The RSPCA were called and officers discovered that the dog had a skin condition resulting from an allergic reaction to fleas which had caused fur loss on his back.
The dog was also covered in golf ball size growth, had cataracts and overgrown nails.
The male dog was in such a state he was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Oprysk said: “This poor old dog was in a terrible state.
“The member of the public who found him took him into her home and tried to get hold of the dog warden, but as they have no service on a weekend she called us and we were able to help.
“I took him straight to the vets where they made him comfortable overnight but by the following morning it was clear what needed to be done and he was put to sleep to end his suffering.”
The dog wasn’t wearing a collar with any identification and wasn’t microchipped so at the moment there is no way of finding his owner.
“I would obviously be very interested to speak to that person,” said Insp Oprysk.