The dog found injured and dumped in Lockwood Cemetery is to undergo surgery today.

The Staffy-type dog has been taken in by Donaldson's vets and they were due to operate on its injured back leg later today.

And police have revealed they have been inundated with offers of help for the dog since news of it was revealed on the Examiner website and in the newspaper.

The dog - nicknamed Cav by police officers who found it on Tour de France day - is then expected to be given a home by the Dogs Trust in Leeds.

 

Police fear the dog may have been hurt in dog-fighting because it had a fractured leg.

Pc Sally Baines said the dog was named after injured cycling star Mark Cavendish who crashed out of the Tour de France on Saturday as he neared the finishing line in Harrogate.

She said: "Lots of people have been in touch wanting to help but we know the Dogs Trust will do a good job.

“We have been swamped with calls from people concerned about Cav and wanting to know if they can help.

“The vet has said he will need a day or two to recover from the operation and he will then go to the Dogs Trust, who have offered him a home.

“The treatment and his care will not be cheap but many of those who have been in touch want to help with donations so I have urged them to contact the Dogs Trust.

“We are still investigating how and why Cav was dumped in the cemetery and I would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch”.

Pc Baines can be contacted via the Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing team on Facebook or on 01484 436898.

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