ANIMAL welfare workers this week told of their shock at the condition of a young dog found abandoned.

The Saluki, thought to be about a year old, was found on Sunday night in Lansdowne Street, Darlington. Sores covered its body.

RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer said it was possible that the dog had been stolen from the Doncaster area about six months ago.

"It is absolutely disgusting that this dog has been allowed to get into this condition. Whoever is responsible for this needs to be brought before the courts," he said.

Anyone with information about the dog can call the RSPCA on 08705 555999.