Urgent Appeal for Information

** REWARD NOW £700 **

We are appealing for information about a stray dog found on Rhigos Mountain near Aberdare, on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1pm. The dog, thought to be a young Mastiff-type breed, was in such an appalling condition that on vet advice, he was put to sleep to end his misery. A reward is being offered of up to £700 for information leading to the identification of the person responsible.

The staff at the Hope Rescue Centre named the dog “Winston” and our vets put his age at around 3 to 4 years old. He was discovered by a member of the public who contacted us and brought him to our centre at Llanharan.

Winston was suffering from clear signs of long term neglect, including several ruptured tumours weeping with infection, other large tumours, an untreated fractured leg, skin condition, ear condition, blind in one eye, swollen abdomen, overgrown nails and a heavy flea burden. He was also severely emaciated.  

For Hope Rescue’s Head of Welfare, Sara Rosser, this was a truly horrific case: "This poor dog had clearly suffered so much in his relatively short life and yet he still craved human affection despite being in excruciating pain.  

“The Hope Rescue staff and volunteers are all heartbroken that we could do nothing to help him but the kindest act of all was to put him to sleep, in the arms of people who truly cared.

“We need to find out who is responsible for this – we want justice for Winston.”

If anyone has any information about Winston, please call Hope Rescue on 01443 226659 or email enquiries@hoperescue.org.uk. All information received will be treated in confidence.