An injured and abused dog has been found dumped in a Huddersfield cemetery.

And police have said the poorly pet could be put down if an owner is not urgently found.

Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team were notified that the Staffy type dog had been abandoned at Lockwood Cemetery on Sunday.

Pc Sally Baines said she suspected it might have been used in dog fighting and then discarded due to its injuries.

She said: “Someone rang us to say it’s back leg’s all knackered and it can’t move.

“We went down there and managed to persuade it into the back of a police car.

“Its ribs are all exposed and it was very frightened.”

Pc Baines said the dog, who they have named Cav after injured Tour De France cyclist Mark Cavendish, was immediately taken to Donaldson’s Vets.

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This morning vets have confirmed it needs surgery and was not well enough to go to Kirklees Council’s kennels.

She said: “The vet has said Cav is undernourished and very scared and it looks like he’s had a bit of a rough time.

“He has a possible fractured back leg and will need an operation under anaesthetic.

“Obviously this will cost a lot of money and as the dog is not chipped and we currently don’t know who the owner is.

“The vets have to contact the council’s dog wardens for a decision as to the next step.

“Cav is currently not fit enough to go to kennels due to his injury and unless the owner can be found, it could be that he will be put down.

“This is not the outcome we wanted and this is not poor Cav’s fault.

“Hopefully the owner will come forward and take responsibility for him.”

Pc Baines said some people had asked if they could start a fund to pay for the care.

Anyone interested in helping should contact her via the Kirklees Rural NPT group on Facebook or at Holmfirth Police Station on 01484 436898.

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