THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a pair of young bull terriers were left tied to railings.
The female dogs were found abandoned by a member of the public. Both had recently had litters and the RSPCA is now also concerned for their puppies.
The Staffordshire Bull terriers were outside Southern Timber, on Ipplepen Business Park, Newton Abbot, in the early hours of Sunday, August 12.
RSPCA welfare officer Steve Donohue said: "Both brindle-and-white coloured dogs were in poor condition and were suffering from skin conditions, probably as the result of flea allergies.
"It is incredibly sad to think someone simply decided they no longer wanted these dogs, for whatever reason, and so tied them up and left them as though they were rubbish.
"Both of the bitches appear to have had puppies recently, so it is likely whoever had them was also responsible for breeding, at a time when animal centres are full and dogs are struggling to find homes.
"Not only is that incredibly irresponsible, but it also causes concern over whether the puppies themselves are being cared for."
The dogs, both thought to be around two years old, were initially taken in by a local animal charity and were then passed on to the local authority kennels, which deals with strays.
Under the Animal Welfare Act, anyone found guilty of causing deliberate suffering to an animal can face up to six months in prison and or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information about these dogs is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Mr Donohue who is investigating. Calls are in confidence.