RSPCA appeals for information after puppy found dead near Derby rail line [Warning: upsetting image]

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The RSPCA is seeking information regarding the tragic death of a puppy discovered near a railway line in Derby. The Chihuahua-type male dog was found by a member of the public near Balfour Road, leading to an appeal for details to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The scene suggests that the young dog might have been deliberately placed in a black plastic bin bag and thrown over railings. The bag was found with the puppy’s head protruding, indicating an apparent struggle to break free. RSPCA inspector Pam Bird is leading the investigation into the incident.

“Anyone with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to contact the RSPCA appeals line at 0300 123 8018”

Inspector Bird is urging the public to come forward with any information that may help uncover the events leading to the puppy’s demise.

“At some point, this poor puppy has managed to force his way out of the bag either because he was still alive or the bag may have been torn by the many rats that are in this area. “I would like to appeal to anyone who knows someone whose dog has had puppies lately or may have any information about how the dog came to be found in this area.”

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This discovery adds to the concerning trend of rising animal abandonments, with the RSPCA noting a three-year high in such cases. In 2023 alone, the charity received 20,999 reports of abandoned animals, including 14,172 dogs. The surge in abandonment cases underscores the urgent need for increased awareness and responsible pet ownership.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to contact the RSPCA appeals line at 0300 123 8018.

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