STROUD District Council is asking local residents to track down the owner of a springer spaniel which was found neglected and injured in woods in Dursley.

The elderly male spaniel, found near Bramble Drive had no identification tag or microchip however the council’s animal welfare officers are keen to trace the owner with a view to prosecuting them for animal cruelty.

SDC dog warden, Josie Oak said: “A concerned member of the public found the dog and took it to Vale Vets for treatment.

"It was a dry day but the dog was soaking wet.

"Its coat was severely matted and it looked like someone had attempted to cut out the matting in a very forceful manner causing cuts to its body.

"We want to track down the person responsible as this is clear case of neglect and cruelty.”

The dog is currently being cared for at the council’s holding kennels.

Josie added: “We would also like to thank the person who found the dog and Vale Vets for their help.”

Anyone who suspects that they may know the owner of the dog should call 01453 754490 or email