'This absolutely breaks my heart': Puppy left to die at the side of the road in 40-degree heat

WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: Starving, covered in flies and being eaten alive by ants – that is how a five-month-old puppy was discovered on the side of the road in 40C heat.

With two broken hips, the black Labrador pup named Taylor was unable to move when he was found lying outside a construction site three hours west of Brisbane on January 25.

Taylor was rushed to the nearest vet where he received an urgent pain relief injection, an anti-inflammatory. He was also treated for a flea infestation, staff at Ranc Pet Services revealed.

“Taylor is estimated to be no more than 5 months of age & requires around the clock care,” they wrote.

Taylor was clinging to life when he was found laying on the side of the road during a 40C day. Source: Facebook/Ranc Pet Services

“He is unable to move, walk or even go to the toilet at this stage & will need to undergo hip surgery when he his stable.”

Images shared to Facebook reveal just how exhausted and on the brink of death Taylor was.

This absolutely breaks my heart… looks so much like my little pup, couldn’t imagine what he went through,” one person wrote under the post.

Don’t understand, how can someone be capable of hurting such a baby… so glad he found someone, but it’s not always that the story has a happy end,” a second person said.

A GoFundMe page, set up by the team at First National Real Estate Bayside, has so far raised more than $2600.

A week after he was found, Taylor underwent his first check-up at the Redlands Vet Clinic – where he was given more pain relief, his vaccination, worming and a probiotic to help with the damage from dehydration and lack of food.

Taylor is set to undergo surgery on his broken hip. Source: Facebook/Ranc Pet Services

“He is completely immobile & still requires around the clock care including feeding, medicating, nappy changes & bathing,” the fundraising page explained.

“Taylor is slowly getting stronger every day, but is not out of the woods yet.”

Further X-rays are set to determine a plan for Taylor’s surgery.

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