A cruel animal owner is being hunted after dragging a badly-neglected dog along the road behind a car before dumping it.
Alfie, a four-year-old crossbreed, was found in an emaciated state and with terrible injuries.
The sweet-natured dog, which had cuts down to the bone, was rushed to a vets where he underwent an operation to treat his wounds.
Despite his sad story, Alfie is described by the RSPCA as a real people’s dog who loves being affectionate.
They are now appealing for anyone who might recognise Alfie to come forward to help them find those responsible for his horrific injuries.
Inspector Justin Stubbs, who named the dog Alfie, said: “He was very skinny when he was found.
“He has clearly been either dragged behind a moving car or has been thrown from one.
“But his tail has been slowly beginning to wag. He is such a fantastic dog and so affectionate, I have really fallen for him.
“He just wants to be loved and despite what he’s been through, absolutely adores people.
“It’s really heartbreaking that someone could do this to him so callously.”
The tan-coloured crossbreed was found roaming a busy road in Peterborough, Cambs. on November 25.
He was taken to Vets 4 Pets who were shocked at the level of cruelty Alfie has endured and the pain he will have suffered.
Inspector Stubbs added: “We’re appealing to anyone who recognises him or thinks he may have belonged to a friend or neighbour.
“He has probably been kept outside all his life as he is not house trained, and we think he may have lived side-by-side with ferrets as he smelt.”