The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a Rottweiler was found in Sunderland, wrapped in a Christmas blanket and under a plastic sheet, on Saturday 8 December.

The body, which was described as ‘skinny’, was found by a member of the public on farmland near to Albion Restaurant and Bar in Ryhope. The Christmas blanket it was wrapped in had a holly and baubles pattern. The dog was also covered with a blue tarpaulin and yellow washing line.

RSPCA Inspector Catherine Maddison said, “This must have been a distressing find for the member of the public who contacted us. Sadly, the dog was already dead and was found near hedgerow on some farmland. The dog’s body was removed by the council but on inspection, it does look as though the poor Rottweiler was quite underweight with slightly overgrown claws.

“The circumstances are very unclear at the moment so we are unsure if this dog was a pet who has sadly passed away or if the dog was left here in a poor state. This is why we are now appealing for information.

“If anyone may have seen something in the area before 2.30pm on Saturday, please contact us on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Image by RSPCSA.

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