A DOG was cruelly dumped in the woods and left to die, before it was rescued and given a new lease of life.

A critically ill Staffordshire bull terrier was found in Bluebell Woods, Britwell, on June 12, so sick that it was unable to walk.

The resident who found the dog, called Slough Borough Council’s neighbourhood enforcement team who rushed the dog to an emergency vet.

The dog was found to have been severely neglected prior to being dumped, and was suffering from malnutrition, dangerous weight loss, muscle wastage and a skin condition.

Ian Blake, neighbourhood manager, said: “This poor dog was in such a state that there is no way it could have walked into the woods on its own.

“This means some heartless person dumped it there and left it to die.

“Thanks to the quick action of a local resident and the vet, the dog is now doing well in kennels and enjoying interacting with the kennel staff but he has a long way to go.

“We are appealing for anyone who knows who may have owned this dog or how it came to be in the woods to contact us as soon as possible.”

Cllr Pavitar K Mann said: “Treating a defenceless animal like this is not only inhumane it is illegal.

“Please help us find out who did this because we can and will take action against them for their heartless behaviour.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Mr Blake on 07917 092909 – calls will be handled in the strictest confidence.