HAMPSHIRE vets desperately tried to save a dying dog after it was found dumped in a bag in a car park.

Medics from the The Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter, near Fareham, rescued the Staffordshire bull terrier cross, after it was found in a black Adidas sports bag.

The animal had been wrapped in a duvet in the bag, which was found by a member of the public at the ramparts in Hilsea around 9am on Wednesday (November 21).

The tan-coloured dog was rushed to The Stubbington Ark by the member of public who found him.

However, the male dog sadly passed away before arrival.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Coggins, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said: “This poor dog has been discarded like rubbish and simply left to suffer when he was in desperate need of help.

“It’s heartbreaking to think of him alone and frightened having been left to die in a bag in this freezing weather.

“We’re very grateful to the person who found him for showing kindness and compassion and caring for him in his final moments.

“He was alive when he was found but sadly died before arrival at our centre. He was riddled with fleas and had overgrown nails and muscle wastage on his head and a small growth on his right hock.

“We have no way of knowing where he came from, and he has no microchip, so we are appealing to the public to come forward with information.

“Anyone who has any information should contact our appeals line on 0300 123 8018, and leave a message for myself. All calls will be treated with confidence.”