Emaciated dog named ‘Moana’ found in Moor Nook by RSPCA

Posted on - 27th February, 2024 - 7:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Brookfield, Charities, Crime, Preston News, Ribbleton
The stray dog has been named Moana Pic: RSPCA Preston

An emaciated dog was found in Moor Nook by the RSPCA after a call from a concerned member of the public.


The female pocket bully was found with cropped ears – which is an illegal procedure in England and Wales – during Thursday 22 February.

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Concerned about her very poor condition, she was taken to the charity’s Preston & District Branch animal centre in Ribbleton where she is currently being cared for by staff.

The RSPCA has appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.


Moana, whose ribs were clearly visible, weighed 16.8 kg (37.03 pounds) and was given a body condition score of two out of nine by the vet who examined her.

Warning, the pictures below may be distressing for some readers

Moana’s condition when she arrived at RSPCA Preston

She had bite marks around her rear end and grazes on the base of her tail and thigh.

She wasn’t microchipped, so the RSPCA has been unable to trace her owner, although enquiries are ongoing.

Centre Manager Asleigh Kay said: “Moana was in a very vulnerable condition when she was brought into us, she was clearly malnourished and very hungry, it was an upsetting sight.

“We’re following a careful feeding plan for her and introducing it in small amounts, several times a day. She’s making good progress and getting lots of fuss and attention from all the staff here who think she’s an absolute sweetheart.

“We’d like to thank the member of the public who stopped to help and ensured she got the treatment she needed.” 

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RSPCA Inspector Susie Michallef said: “We’re appealing for anyone who recognises Moana to come forward. We can’t say with certainty what’s happened, but her welfare has clearly been compromised – particularly given she had cropped ears, which is an illegal process here – and we think the most likely scenario is that she’s been deliberately abandoned.

“She’s receiving lots of TLC from the wonderful team at Preston and her progress is being closely monitored. We’re hopeful she will go on to make a full recovery over the coming weeks and we’ll then be looking for a loving new home for her.” 

Anyone who can help the RSPCA’s investigation can contact the inspectorate appeal line on 03001238018 quoting incident number 01228034.

Those who would like to donate to Moana’s care can do so via the Preston & District branch’s website.

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