Police are trying to trace the owner of an emaciated dog which was dumped at a station in a “horrific” state.
The Shar Pei dog was handed in by a man who told members of the public in the waiting area that he had found it outside.
Police handed the dog over to charity Shar Pei Rescue Great Britain (Trust) who named her Bella and took her to a vet.
Bella had swollen and weeping eyes and vets spotted scars across her stomach.
They fear the scars are from surgery which had not been carried out by a vet, suggesting she has been used for breeding.
Bella also suffered some serious internal injuries and will need surgery on all her legs and her eye, as well as treatment for a bladder infection and other illnesses.
Trudy Gunn, a part-time dog groomer who has been fostering Bella, believes the pet may be around three years old.
She said: “What she has been through is just more than you could expect any dog to cope with but despite all that she is so sweet. She is such a lovely dog.”
“It just breaks your heart. She didn’t want to leave me bless her and she still sleeps on the bed.
“I don’t know how anybody could abuse an animal full stop and what Bella has been through is just horrific. How she is not mentally destroyed is beyond me.
“She’s such a sweet girl and wags her tail. She’s putting on weight nicely now and she is building some strength in her back legs as well now as she is on the pain relief.”
Vet bills have so far cost up to £600 and the trust is setting up a fund to raise the cash as Bella has no microchip and no known owner.
Shar Pei’s are recognisable for their heavily wrinkled faces and breeders can sell them on for anywhere between £700 and £900.
Police have released a picture of the man who brought Bella to Braintree police station, Essex, in the hope he will come forward.
They do not know if the man is Bella’s previous owner or just someone who wanted to help, but believe he will have information which could help their inquiries.