A dog, thought to have been abandoned by its owners, has been found strangled by its own lead near an Ilkeston beauty spot.
RSPCA officers are now appealing for information about what happened to the Staffordshire terrier-type dog at Straw’s Bridge, in what they are calling a ‘heartbreaking’ case.
She was found tied up to a very short lead and it is thought that, in her struggle to escape, she had flipped over and the lead tightened around her neck.
Inspector Sarah Gardner said: “This is a really sad case and heart-breaking to think that this poor dog has strangled to death as a result of being left tied up unattended.
“Our gut feeling is that this dog has probably been abandoned over night, but because she was on such a short rope she has struggled and managed to get caught up and accidently strangled herself.”
The dog was found behind the disused railway line on Monday, she said, adding: “There could be another reason why this dog has been left, and that is why I am appealing to anyone who may have any information regarding this incident, or who knows who might own this dog to contact me on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“I do hope this also acts as a warning to people who are thinking of dumping their pets that you cannot guarantee they will be found and taken to a place of safety.
“People who take on pets have to take responsibility for their animals it is an offence to abandon an animal.”
The dog is believed to be quite young, female and back in colour.
The RSPCA has also asked for donations to help it investigate cases like this.
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