Invercargill SPCA are hunting the owner of a dog that was found burnt, bloodied and peeling after being doused in solvent.

The staffordshire-cross, thought to be about 10-years-old, was found alive in suburban Otatara on Thursday.

Its back legs had been tied with nylon rope.

The SPCA were not jumping to conclusions about what happened to the dog, shelter manager

Mary Bradley told the Dominion Post.

It could have been an accident but "a dog doesn't just go and roll in solvent".

Mrs Bradley said she hoped someone would come forward to say who owned the dog and what happened to it.