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The one year old pet also had her tail docked before she was dumped in a bush by a busy road.

These harrowing pictures show the appalling trauma the black and white female spaniel endured. Horrendous pressure sores and urine scalds have left legs red raw.

Why anyone would want to forcibly remove a ’s claws has shocked RSPCA inspectors. They describe it as an “abhorrent and illegal act”.

The spaniel, who has now been named Flick, was found half way between Maidstone and Ashford on the A20 near Harriestham, Kent, earlier this week. She was taken immediately to a vet who alerted the RSPCA.

An RSPCA spokesman said today: “Flick had no form of identification and isn’t microchipped so we’re unsure as to where she’s come from.

“She has a docked tail and some really nasty wounds on her feet and her legs. Vets believe she has had her claws forcibly and traumatically removed, while her legs are covered in pressure sores and urine scald.

“To forcibly remove a dog’s claws is an abhorrent act and is illegal under animal welfare law in this country, and then to simply abandon her by the side of the road like rubbish when she is clearly injured and in need of veterinary treatment is unbelievably shocking.

“We’d be keen to hear from anyone who knows where Flick may have come from or who might be responsible for inflicting these injuries on her and then cruelly abandoning her.”

Declawing is illegal in England, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and owners are only entitled to dock the tails of dogs who are certified working animals under five days old or for medical reasons as recommended by a vet.

Unless someone comes forward and claims Flick, she can look forward to a new life. A member of staff at the veterinary hospital treating her as offered to provide a loving home.

Anyone with information about Flick is urged to call the RSPCA’s confidential appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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