Page last updated at 14:01 GMT, Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Hurt animal found in Walsall had been in a 'dog fight'

The injured dog
The RSPCA said Honey had made "steady progress" since being found

A dog which had recently been involved in a dog fight was found bleeding by staff at a tyre repair centre in the West Midlands, RSPCA inspectors said.

The RSPCA said the Staffordshire bull terrier bitch limped into the garage in Fryers Road, Walsall, on 15 January.

RSPCA inspector Jayne Bashford said the dog, which has since been named Honey, was in an "awful state" when she first saw her.

She urged anyone who knew how the dog received her injuries to contact them.

'Sweet nature'

Ms Bashford said: "She had a number of bleeding wounds on her body, all consistent with being in a recent fight.

"Despite clearly being in a lot of pain, her sweet nature shone through."

She added that dog fighting seemed to be "an increasingly common occurrence".

"At the RSPCA we are determined to do all we can to crack down on anyone who is involved in this illegal activity."

Ms Bashford said the dog had been making "steady progress" at Birmingham's animal hospital and had shown no signs of aggression.

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