A dog that was left tied to the gates of a rescue centre is looking for her forever home.

Elsie, a three-year-old poodle cross, was found by staff at the Brighton RSPCA branch in Braypool Lane, Patcham, after being left outside with "multiple wounds" and a deep cut on her paw.

The rescue centre said she was "very anaemic and weak" and was found to have a long-term condition called Leishmaniasis, which is caused by a parasite.

She appeared "incredibly nervous and in a lot of discomfort" as a result of her wounds.

The Argus: The three-year-old Poodle Cross is "bouncy" and "playful"

But a spokesman for the RSPCA said Elsie is a "fighter" and could live a long and happy life with her treatment.

He said she now loves other dogs and has a "playful" nature.

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A spokesman for RSPCA Brighton said: "Elsie has become a cheeky, bouncy, happy girl.

"She loves to play with other dogs although she can be quite full on.

"She enjoys playing with her toys and chasing a ball but her favourite thing in the world is food.

The Argus: Elsie was found tied to the gates of the rescue centre earlier this year

"She can still be shy and wary of strangers but it doesn’t take long to win her over.

"Elsie was originally a rescue from Spain and as we have no previous history we are looking for an adult-only home.

"Elsie has recovered remarkably well and if very stable on her treatment, this will be a lifelong condition where she will have bad flare-ups which will affect her skin and energy levels.

"With her treatment plan this is all very manageable and she can live a long and happy life."

The Argus: She was originally rescued from Spain

More information about Elsie can be found at https://rspca-brighton.org.uk/project/elsie/.

The centre said Elsie, who was found on February 3, is spayed and it will talk any potential adopters through her treatment plan.

She is one of the many dogs currently under the care of the RSPCA charity.