Appeal for information as pregnant bull-type dog found dead in London with microchip cut off. [Warning: upsetting images]

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pregnant bull-type dog was found dead close to a park in Lewisham.

The dog had suffered a number of serious injuries which are likely to have been inflicted with a sharp knife, although some minor wounds may have been the result of a dogfight.The dog, who was aged around two to three, was likely to have been microchipped, but a vet who examined the body suspects one was cut out after she died.

A member of the public came across the dog’s body contained inside a blood-stained shopping bag, which was left on Carswell Road off Ringstead Road near to the entrance to Mountsfield Park at around 9am on Thursday, May 23.

RSPCA Inspector Harriet Daliday, who is investigating, said the animal charity is keen to speak to local residents who may have Ring Doorbell footage from the evening of Wednesday, May 22.

“We are appealing to the public for help to see if anyone knows anything about how this poor dog was found with such appalling injuries like this,” said the inspector.

“A witness saw a man and a woman dragging a green wheelie bin up Carswell Road during the evening before the dog was found. The RSPCA would be keen to speak to these people and anyone else who saw anything in that area that evening.The following morning the dog was found in the bag which had been placed behind a couple of parked vans.

“Someone may also have seen a dog like this at a property or they may know who owns her. If anyone has any information we would urge them to contact the RSPCA.”

Inspector Daliday added, “It seems the dog may be an XL Bully. We do know she was at least seven weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

“A vet who assessed her injuries believes some of them were inflicted before she died and they believe a bladed article was used to cause some of them.”

Lewisham Council’s animal welfare department was contacted by the Metropolitan Police and the dog’s body is being retained by the authority. The dog weighs around 43kg and is brown and white merle in colour.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123  8018.

This is a guest post by the RSPCA.

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