Distraught animal lovers are calling on the RSPCA to take action and rescue a dog which has been left to “suffer” in a filthy cage for four months.
Nicci Fletcher contacted the Derbyshire Times after spotting the Staffordshire bull terrier on Bridle Road, in Stanfree.
The dog, which she believes belonged to travellers, has been abandoned in a dirty cage littered with debris and excrement.
Dog-owner Nicci, of Holymoorside, said she was disgusted and has since discovered residents have been complaining about the animal for over four months.
She said: “I’m an animal lover and I was shocked it had been left to suffer for so long.
“A lot of people on the street have reported it to the RSPCA.
“The travellers lived on the site in a caravan around five months ago and they come back intermittently to feed it.”
She added: “It’s just going to be in complete distress.
“Dogs like human company and it’s such a friendly dog as soon as it sees me it’s on its back and wagging its tail. It whines so much when you walk off, it’s heart-breaking.”
Mandy Gordon, of Chesterfield, whose friend lives on the street said: “The RSPCA said if it’s being fed and given water there’s not a lot they can do which is a bit pathetic really.
“There’s very little shelter and it’s not getting any walks.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said they could not give specific details about the case but had addressed issues at the site previously.
He added: “The RSPCA had received calls regarding the welfare of this dog and attended a number of times and advice was given to the owners and the issues addressed.
“We have now received new complaints regarding this dog and this will be dealt with separately and an officer will be sent to check the welfare of this dog again.”
The Derbyshire Times was unable to contact the dog’s owners for comment.