AN OLD dog with ruptured cancerous tumours had to be put down after being abandoned and left tied to railings.

The bitch, named Lara by RSPCA staff, was tied to railings on a footpath between Cowley Road and Cricket Road last Wednesday, but the RSPCA only released the details yesterday.

A girl found the dog at 5pm on her way home from school, and then took her to a vet.

The dog is believed to be a corgi cross and aged around 10 to 12 years old.

She had two ruptured mammary tumours “the size of apples”, said the RSPCA.

After being taken to Blackberry Farm RSPCA centre in Aylesbury, Bucks, she was put down under veterinary advice on Monday.

RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “Tumours this size would have been incredibly painful for poor Lara, she must have been suffering a great deal.

“How anyone could just dump an elderly dog in pain like this amazes me, especially with a medical condition which needs attention.

“If she had received treatment sooner, we may have been able to save her.

“She was such a good natured little thing, the whole story was very sad.”

Call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 if you have any information on the incident