This poor dog was dumped in blistering, -2°C temperature in a hedgerow.

If the biting cold wasn’t enough, the animal was suffering the agony of a broken leg.

His rescuers have dubbed him Dom, after Dom Parsons – the athlete who won Britain's first medal in this year’s Winter Olympics.

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Not surprisingly, Dom Parsons gained bronze... in the SKELETON.

Now, RSPCA inspectors are trying to find the person responsible for ditching the lurcher-saluki cross in the middle of a freezing night.

He was discovered shivering in a hedge at 5am on Friday February 16, on the outskirts of Cotesbach, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

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Animal collection officer Cara Gibbon, who found Dom, said: “It was the dead of night, pitch black and absolutely freezing.

“My van was recording a temperature of -2°C when I arrived to collect this poor dog.

“I have no idea how long he’d been there but it’s amazing, in this weather, that he was still alive, especially as his breed has such a short coat and tends to be on the lean side.

“He was curled up in the frosty grass, shivering and trying desperately to keep warm. He must have been terrified.”

The dog was rushed to RSPCA Newbrook Animal Hospital in Birmingham, where veterinary staff discovered he had a fractured front leg.

Cara added: “He was hobbling quite badly and his leg was swollen so he’ll need treatment for that injury.

“To abandon any animal is disgusting, but to leave a dog in the dead of night during the winter, in a secluded spot like this, is horrendous.

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“Not only was it freezing but he was badly injured and needed to see a vet urgently.

“Poor Dom must have been confused, terrified and in a lot of pain.

“He has clearly been dumped here, possibly by someone who didn’t want to get him treatment for his injury.

“He is in quite a poor state and was covered in urine stains.

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“I’d like to hear from anyone who may recognise him, know where he’s come from, or saw anyone suspicious in the area.


“Anyone with information which could help our investigation can call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Dom wasn’t microchipped – now a legal requirement – and was wearing no collar of identification.

If he isn’t claimed then, once he’s recovered from his injury, he’ll be looking for a new home.

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