English Bull Terrier dumped after use in suspected dog fight

Matilda the English Bull Terrier with her injuries

Matilda the English Bull Terrier with her injuries

Matilda the English Bull Terrier is now making a recovery

Matilda the English Bull Terrier is now making a recovery

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN investigation is underway after a dog was found abandoned with severe injuries which are believed to be the result of dogfighting.

The English Bull Terrier was found abandoned over a 6ft wall in Botley by a resident who at first thought it had been involved in a road accident.

However, after an examination by a vet the animal was found to have deep puncture wounds caused by bites. She was underweight and very dirty.

She was sedated after clipping away her fur deep bite marks to each armpit were found along with dozens of other smaller bite and scratch marks down her front legs, which were both very swollen.

RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey who first collected the five year old dog said she was in so much pain that she could not walk.

The dog, who has been named Matilda, is now recovering at the RSPCA Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter.

Inspector Bailey said: “This poor little dog would have been in so much pain - she just could not move due to her injuries.

“We can only imagine what she has been through and may never fully know what she had to endure.

“We need to hear from anyone who has any information about where Matilda came from - if they know who her owner is or if they saw something suspicious in the area.”

Matilda was wearing a dirty blue nylon collar with a black plastic clip.

Anyone with information about the dog who was found on Friday February 14 behind a wall at Crows Nest Lane in Botley is urged to contact the RSPCA information line on 0300 123 8018.

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5:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Titian says...

Disgusting.
Disgusting. Titian
  • Score: 43

5:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Baybrit says...

The filth who are involved in dogfighting should themselves be put in a pen naked to fight....a starving tiger.
The filth who are involved in dogfighting should themselves be put in a pen naked to fight....a starving tiger. Baybrit
  • Score: 73

5:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

Sickening!! Find thsi scum and scalp the ****@!
Sickening!! Find thsi scum and scalp the ****@! kiddynamite
  • Score: 56

6:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

Stunned, saddened and very very angry.
Stunned, saddened and very very angry. KSO16R
  • Score: 49

6:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution? gilbertratchet
  • Score: -23

6:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

That poor animal. Maybe now she can find a nice family who can give her the love she desperatly needs.
That poor animal. Maybe now she can find a nice family who can give her the love she desperatly needs. Loveyourcity
  • Score: 63

6:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart KSO16R
  • Score: 18

6:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

They should give them the Joberg necklace when they catch them.
Force a tire filled with petrol over their shoulders and light them on fire. Anyone who's ever tried to get the water out of an old tire will understand. The molten rubber and petrol mix is just like napalm. The victims agonised movements just spread it around. The worst part is it doesn't always kill right away, leaving a still breathing (barely) victim with all of the flesh burned away from their skull, chest and upper extremities. The most cruel and brutal way to die I can think of.
They should give them the Joberg necklace when they catch them. Force a tire filled with petrol over their shoulders and light them on fire. Anyone who's ever tried to get the water out of an old tire will understand. The molten rubber and petrol mix is just like napalm. The victims agonised movements just spread it around. The worst part is it doesn't always kill right away, leaving a still breathing (barely) victim with all of the flesh burned away from their skull, chest and upper extremities. The most cruel and brutal way to die I can think of. bigfella777
  • Score: 14

7:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

bigfella777 wrote:
They should give them the Joberg necklace when they catch them.
Force a tire filled with petrol over their shoulders and light them on fire. Anyone who's ever tried to get the water out of an old tire will understand. The molten rubber and petrol mix is just like napalm. The victims agonised movements just spread it around. The worst part is it doesn't always kill right away, leaving a still breathing (barely) victim with all of the flesh burned away from their skull, chest and upper extremities. The most cruel and brutal way to die I can think of.
Surely, this makes you as bad as the previous owner of this lovely animal?

You both seem to want bloodshed!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: They should give them the Joberg necklace when they catch them. Force a tire filled with petrol over their shoulders and light them on fire. Anyone who's ever tried to get the water out of an old tire will understand. The molten rubber and petrol mix is just like napalm. The victims agonised movements just spread it around. The worst part is it doesn't always kill right away, leaving a still breathing (barely) victim with all of the flesh burned away from their skull, chest and upper extremities. The most cruel and brutal way to die I can think of.[/p][/quote]Surely, this makes you as bad as the previous owner of this lovely animal? You both seem to want bloodshed! Loveyourcity
  • Score: 9

7:23pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Northamboy says...

Humans are capable of anything unfortunately. Hopefully whoever dumped her rots in hell. I hope Matilda gets a loving home in the future and she isn't too traumatised by what she's been through.
Humans are capable of anything unfortunately. Hopefully whoever dumped her rots in hell. I hope Matilda gets a loving home in the future and she isn't too traumatised by what she's been through. Northamboy
  • Score: 29

7:31pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
I happen to disagree.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]I happen to disagree. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -8

8:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Baybrit says...

KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way. Baybrit
  • Score: 23

8:04pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

Baybrit wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.
Step back and breathe........

We live by Law. Many years ago we'd kill anything and eat anything, but we've moved on and we abide by rules.

It's not down to you nor I to decide the punishment, it's down to Law.
[quote][p][bold]Baybrit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.[/p][/quote]Step back and breathe........ We live by Law. Many years ago we'd kill anything and eat anything, but we've moved on and we abide by rules. It's not down to you nor I to decide the punishment, it's down to Law. Loveyourcity
  • Score: -6

8:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Baybrit wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.
Yes but dear old Gilbert happens to disagree so surely you're wrong
[quote][p][bold]Baybrit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.[/p][/quote]Yes but dear old Gilbert happens to disagree so surely you're wrong Zexagon
  • Score: 3

8:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
I happen to disagree.
Too easy gilbert and not relevent to the article.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]I happen to disagree.[/p][/quote]Too easy gilbert and not relevent to the article. KSO16R
  • Score: 3

9:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Quite Frankly says...

If anyone knows anything about this - report it.

If you were involved in this, hand yourself in.
If anyone knows anything about this - report it. If you were involved in this, hand yourself in. Quite Frankly
  • Score: 15

10:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

sinefmgeoff says...

They should bring back flogging for the monsters that do this to dogs , but as usual nothing will be done they will get some meagre fine and will carry on doing it ,the penalties are not severe enough
They should bring back flogging for the monsters that do this to dogs , but as usual nothing will be done they will get some meagre fine and will carry on doing it ,the penalties are not severe enough sinefmgeoff
  • Score: 16

10:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

imspacedout says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
I could cry for this dog, I possibly will later, but yours was the only comment which comforted me so far. Unfortunately other readers seem to think that a violent punishment for who promoted this is going to solve the situation, when a bit of common sense would show that it's that kind of recklessness which promote this through showing people that sort of example. I personally would like to see them found, and obviously a jail sentence can be induced but also help for their own mental state. Sad, sad occasion all round.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]I could cry for this dog, I possibly will later, but yours was the only comment which comforted me so far. Unfortunately other readers seem to think that a violent punishment for who promoted this is going to solve the situation, when a bit of common sense would show that it's that kind of recklessness which promote this through showing people that sort of example. I personally would like to see them found, and obviously a jail sentence can be induced but also help for their own mental state. Sad, sad occasion all round. imspacedout
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

derek james says...

we have one of these dogs and you get to know others of the same breed, although they were originally bred as a fighting dog over the years they have lost the fighting instinct and make good family pets.although they possess powerful jaws they rarely use them, ours runs away from schnausers.i think this is borne out by the injuries this dog has.have to agree with some of the comments above no punishment they are likely to receive is likely to be severe enough for the previous owners
we have one of these dogs and you get to know others of the same breed, although they were originally bred as a fighting dog over the years they have lost the fighting instinct and make good family pets.although they possess powerful jaws they rarely use them, ours runs away from schnausers.i think this is borne out by the injuries this dog has.have to agree with some of the comments above no punishment they are likely to receive is likely to be severe enough for the previous owners derek james
  • Score: 11

11:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Baybrit says...

Loveyourcity wrote:
Baybrit wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Not clever or smart
Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.
Step back and breathe........

We live by Law. Many years ago we'd kill anything and eat anything, but we've moved on and we abide by rules.

It's not down to you nor I to decide the punishment, it's down to Law.
It is certainly down to the law but, having seen how incomprehensibly lenient the law has been seen to have been in the past to those who seem utterly unworthy of lenience, you can understand why some people, myself included, sometimes fantasise about what suitable punishment should in fact be meted out to those people who, as you put it, have not moved on and do not abide by the rules of civilised society.
[quote][p][bold]Loveyourcity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baybrit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Not clever or smart[/p][/quote]Why not? Subhumans who engage in dog-fighting forgo the right to decent treatment. Their punishment should be almost biblical, as in 'an eye for an eye'. They are skin-crawlingly vile and deserve to be treated the same way.[/p][/quote]Step back and breathe........ We live by Law. Many years ago we'd kill anything and eat anything, but we've moved on and we abide by rules. It's not down to you nor I to decide the punishment, it's down to Law.[/p][/quote]It is certainly down to the law but, having seen how incomprehensibly lenient the law has been seen to have been in the past to those who seem utterly unworthy of lenience, you can understand why some people, myself included, sometimes fantasise about what suitable punishment should in fact be meted out to those people who, as you put it, have not moved on and do not abide by the rules of civilised society. Baybrit
  • Score: 10

3:11am Fri 21 Feb 14

Poppy22 says...

Shocked that this is going on in our area. With so much police helicopter/aircraft presence overhead in this area, can they not track down these dog fights using infrared or are the fights done in broad daylight? Have there been any prosecutions in our area? The perpetrators should have their names and photos published here.
Shocked that this is going on in our area. With so much police helicopter/aircraft presence overhead in this area, can they not track down these dog fights using infrared or are the fights done in broad daylight? Have there been any prosecutions in our area? The perpetrators should have their names and photos published here. Poppy22
  • Score: 6

7:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

elvisimo says...

Poppy22 wrote:
Shocked that this is going on in our area. With so much police helicopter/aircraft presence overhead in this area, can they not track down these dog fights using infrared or are the fights done in broad daylight? Have there been any prosecutions in our area? The perpetrators should have their names and photos published here.
Presume joke?
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: Shocked that this is going on in our area. With so much police helicopter/aircraft presence overhead in this area, can they not track down these dog fights using infrared or are the fights done in broad daylight? Have there been any prosecutions in our area? The perpetrators should have their names and photos published here.[/p][/quote]Presume joke? elvisimo
  • Score: 1

9:51am Fri 21 Feb 14

derek james says...

it will be interesting to find out who owns this dog as they are at least £800, i would suspect it's stolen.dogfighting is very popular in eastern europe
it will be interesting to find out who owns this dog as they are at least £800, i would suspect it's stolen.dogfighting is very popular in eastern europe derek james
  • Score: 5

3:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LadySam says...

Poor little love. I would string people who are involved with dog fighting up by their you-know-whats. Barbaric and nasty.
Poor little love. I would string people who are involved with dog fighting up by their you-know-whats. Barbaric and nasty. LadySam
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thesouth says...

Humans are disgusting. We as a race do these sick things for fun and entertainment, animals only do barbaric things for survival. If a dog attacks a human it gets put down so by our own standards the idiot that did this should be put down
Humans are disgusting. We as a race do these sick things for fun and entertainment, animals only do barbaric things for survival. If a dog attacks a human it gets put down so by our own standards the idiot that did this should be put down thesouth
  • Score: 6

11:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

thomas 12 says...

Sick scum,who ever done this you are nasty filth & really hope something bad happens to you soon, it's people like you world doesn't want.
Sick scum,who ever done this you are nasty filth & really hope something bad happens to you soon, it's people like you world doesn't want. thomas 12
  • Score: 2

10:35am Thu 27 Feb 14

Bob Barnes says...

Love me love my dog not the case here is it ??
Love me love my dog not the case here is it ?? Bob Barnes
  • Score: 0

10:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

Bob Barnes says...

LadySam wrote:
Poor little love. I would string people who are involved with dog fighting up by their you-know-whats. Barbaric and nasty.
Totaly agree with you Lady Sam
[quote][p][bold]LadySam[/bold] wrote: Poor little love. I would string people who are involved with dog fighting up by their you-know-whats. Barbaric and nasty.[/p][/quote]Totaly agree with you Lady Sam Bob Barnes
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?
Weirdo.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: Quick! Who can come up with the most violent retribution?[/p][/quote]Weirdo. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 0

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