AN animal loving PCSO from Rotherham has helped an neglected dog get a second chance at life.
PCSO Claire Ryan from the Rotherham North Neighbourhood Team attended a property on Marion Road in Rawmarsh following concerns from neighbours around anti-social behaviour.
After speaking to a resident and getting ready to leave, PCSO Ryan then spotted a young dog out of the corner of her eye - Fizz, an underweight one-year-old Shar Pei X with severe skin problems (below).
The dog was seen dragging his belly across the carpet trying to ease his itchiness. He jumped onto the sofa and continued scratching - his skin was sore, dry and bleeding in parts. (Seen below with extremely sore legs)
"I love all animals especially dogs and the look in his eyes immediately told me I needed to help him," said PCSO Ryan.
“I asked the owner if she had him registered with a vet and if he was on medication or treatments for this skin, which smelt terrible. I spent half an hour showing her how to access the help that Fizz needed."
PCSO Ryan left Fizz and went back to the office in the hope the owner would take him to a vet.
But she was doubtful and contacted Rotherham Council's dog warden to raise her concerns.
“The dog warden visited Fizz several times and with no progress being made, the owner surrendered him into the care of the authorities,” said PCSO Ryan.
Fizz is now at Rain Rescue Centre in Wickersley receiving the veterinary care he needs.
Rain Rescue described Fizz as a "sweetheart" and said, that despite his pain and discomfort, he has been friendly to everyone he has met.
Once Fizz has made a full recovery he will placed up for adoption to find a loving home.
You can follow his progress or register your interest in adopting him or any of their other animals via their website: https://www.rainrescue.co.uk/