A dog found in agonising pain, with hair so matted it was left blind, was dumped in a box outside a veterinary surgery in Sheffield.

The elderly poodle-like dog was found emaciated, with rotten teeth and completely matted.

Staff at Highfield Veterinary Centre discovered the dog – now named Princess Peggy – in a box mark “dog inside” on April 28.

Vets say it was clear the dog had been in bad condition for a while as the hair over her eyes was so matted, both eyes had ulcerated, causing blindness.

The dog has since been given antibiotics and pain relief, and has had both eyes removed. Vets at the practice also removed 32 rotten teeth and the dog has since made a recovery.

Molly Graham, a vet at the surgery, said: “She is such a sweetie and all the staff were so upset by what has happened to her – but she is doing amazingly well despite her ordeal.”

The incident has been reported to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and inspector Jennie Ronksley is now looking into it.

She said: “It is horrific to think this poor elderly girl had been left in such a terrible condition and must have been in so much pain.

“There is simply no excuse for allowing an animal to get in this way and I am now appealing to anyone who has any information regarding who the owner may be.”

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