A dog lover was left sickened when he discovered a flea-bitten puppy who had been 'dumped like rubbish' in a layby.
The crossbreed was discovered in a black bin bag by the side of the road in Greatham,
Kevin Wilmot spotted the bag moving as he walked his dogs past the layby on the road leading west out of the village and towards the A689.
The dog has since been named Morty as the RSPCA appeal for help to trace the callous person who ditched the dog.
Kevin said: “I’ve got a Patterdale and a Saluki who are both rescues and was doing my regular walk with them when I spotted the bag move.
“Luckily I had them both on a lead and managed to get the little thing out of the bag and carry him back to my car.
“He was absolutely covered in fleas, I got bitten to death by them.
“I’m a keen animal lover, and I’m especially soft on dogs. It makes me sick that someone would do something like this.”
Morty is described as a black and white male crossbreed and is thought to be seven or eight weeks old.
Kevin kept him overnight and he was collected and taken to RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre on Thursday where he is getting all the care he needs.
As well as the fleas he was suffering from a worm burden, which he’s been treated for.
RSPCA inspector Steph Baines is investigating.
She said: “Morty was literally dumped like rubbish.
“People can be cruel, but luckily people can also be kind. He was very fortunate that he was found and by an animal lover like Kevin. We’re really grateful for what he did to help. Things definitely could have turned out differently for this little lad.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who recognises this pup and knows who he belongs to.
“Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
To help the RSPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, and to support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign, visit www.rspca.org.uk/winterappeal.