The RSPCA is appealing for information concerning a Chihuahua whose body was found stuffed inside a bread bag Pearson Street, north-east London, on 7 September.
Trainee RSPCA inspector Shahnaz Ahmad said, “This was a very strange and upsetting discovery, and is clearly extremely suspicious. The poor dog was curled up inside the bag and dumped on the pavement beside the road.
“The little dog was stuffed inside a brown, paper bag with a clear, plastic window; similar to the bags used to wrap fresh bread at the supermarket.
“The small, tan-coloured Chihuahua is smooth-coated and we believe she’s around two years old. She was wearing a pink collar but had no ID tag.
“Rigor mortis had set in but her body had not begun to decompose so I believe she’d been dumped there either earlier that morning or the night before.”
Shahnaz took the body to the charity’s Harmsworth Animal Hospital and vets found that the dog was microchipped – but the details were not up to date, which led to a dead end.
Shahnaz said, “I managed to trace the chip to a previous owner but she had been forced to rehome the Chihuahua when she was just a puppy and, unfortunately, I was unable to track down who to.”
Shahnaz is calling for anyone with information, or who may recognize the dog, to come forward.
“I’m making enquiries in the local area and will also be checking CCTV but I’d also be keen to hear from any locals who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area overnight on the 6 September and into the morning of 7 September,” she said.
“I want to find her owners and establish exactly what happened to her so I’d ask anyone who recognises her to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
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