Stray chow chow dog found with bad skin and eye condition in Cardiff

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a stray chow chow dog was found in Cardiff with a significant skin condition.

The male unneutered dog was collected in Roath by the local dog wardens on 28 May. Unfortunately - despite the chow chow being microchipped - an owner hasn't been located and due to the condition he was found in, the RSPCA were called to investigate. 

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Gemma Black said: "This poor dog was found with a significant skin condition on his back, neck and face. He also has bad eyes. 

"When he was found by the dog wardens they didn't realise the extent of his skin condition due to his thick fur, but he yelped when they put a collar on him. When his fur was clipped back the seriousness of his skin condition was discovered.

"A microchip suggests he is around seven to eight months old. He is chipped to an address in St Mellons, but sadly the details appear out-of-date and so far our enquiries have not led to finding his owner."

An appeal for information has now been launched to try and track down his owner. If anyone has any information, they're urged to contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

The dog - named Cobra according to his microchip - is currently under the care of Cardiff Dogs Home and is undergoing treatment.

"Over the past few weeks Cobra has been receiving care from the wonderful staff at Cardiff Dogs Home," said Gemma. "He has been shaved and is receiving medication and is remaining under vet observation. 

"It is very sad he was left in such a bad condition and hopefully he is on the mend now."

Cardiff Dogs Home manger Maria Bailie added: "Cobra is doing well and spent most of last week in the office where we could keep an eye on him. He is a really friendly and loveable Chow. 

"He had a skin scrape on Friday (24 June) and is being treated for demodex mites. A little of his hair is growing back. The vet thinks he may need entropion surgery to his eyes too which will be confirmed this week. His treatment is likely to be just under £1,000."

Cardiff Cabinet Member with responsibility for Cardiff Dogs Home, Cllr Dan De'Ath, said: "Every year Cardiff Dogs Home looks after hundreds of dogs, some like Cobra in a really terrible condition when they arrive. 

"The team always does everything within their power to ensure the dogs in their care get the best treatment possible, but helping Cobra is going to be expensive. We know these are difficult times for many people, but if anybody is in a position to help Cobra on the road to recovery, our charity partners at the Rescue Hotel have set up a fundraiser, and their support would be very welcome."

If you can help Cardiff Dogs Home fund this surgery please can you visit The Rescue Hotel website or their Facebook page. 

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website or call their donation line on 0300 123 8181.