Cumbria

Dog found in Little Orton 'beaten and set on fire'

Bruce Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Bruce is in a stable condition

A dog is believed to have been beaten and set on fire before it was found, the RSPCA says.

The bull-lurcher, which has been named Bruce by vets, is in a stable condition but it is too early to say if it will recover from the injuries.

The dog was found in Little Orton near Carlisle on Thursday. A fund has been set up and has raised more than £4,000.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Jones said his "blood is boiling" and appealed for help to "find who did this".

Mr Jones said: "(Bruce) may be broken but he's also beautiful and distinctive."

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Image caption The dog was found in Little Orton

The online fund set up by dog warden, Vicky Carr, has raised almost £1,500 - three times the target amount.

Ms Carr said the "vile people" responsible need to be found, adding: "(It's) one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen in my life.

"He's definitely a fighter, the look on his face has given me hope.

"I just want him to live a life knowing what a loving pet owner feels like."

Ashlea Veterinary Centre Ltd, which is looking after Bruce, said on Facebook that the dog "is being a superstar about all his treatments".

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