TERRIFIED and freezing, this adorable puppy was left shivering on a doorstep after being horrifically mutilated.
The sad-eyed 10 week old lurcher had parts of both ears cut off before being dumped on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Luckily, the young dog, who has now been named Marlowe, was only saved when a householder answered a knock on the door to find the animal in a pitiful state.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation into the abandonment, describing the puppy’s treatement as awful.
Not only was the puppy missing parts from both ears, he was also lame in a hind leg and no nails on his front paws when he was found in Manor Farm Crescent, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, last week.
The RSPCA is appealing to the local community for help to discover how and why Marlowe was left on the streets at 9pm on a cold winter’s night and with such horrific injuries.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Chris James, who named the tiny puppy Marlowe after rescuing him, said: “When I first saw Marlowe I was shocked to see his ears were partially missing.
“It’s awful to think that someone could do such a thing intentionally.
“As he is only about 10-weeks-old, we are also very concerned about the rest of the litter and the other puppies who could be in a similar situation.
“Someone must recognise this puppy, or have some information about him.”
Vet Damian Pacini, who treated Marlowe at the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre, described how Marlowe’s ears had been cut intentionally in symmetrical straight lines around a third of way down each ear.
Marlowe is said to be eating and drinking well as he recovers from his ordeal.
Dr Pacini, who is part of a team aiming to raise £5,000 to help cover the cost of buying more life-saving equipment for the centre’s clinic this winter, added: “Marlowe was very weak when he first arrived but he has bucked up very well over the past 36 hours.
“I have every confidence he’ll be fine and soon find a loving new home.”