TWO DOGS died in two separate horrific incidents last week.
One of the dogs was found beaten to death on a travellers' site in Almondsbury in South Gloucestershire. Members of the public reported seeing a group of men attacking the animal just off Over Lane on Bank Holiday Monday. According to eyewitnesses, the dog was hanged from a tree and was being beaten by the men with sticks and stones.
Officers later found a badly beaten golden Lurcher buried in a fresh grave at the site.
Police believe motorists travelling from Almondsbury to Easter Compton may have seen the attack that happened about 10 metres from the road.
Witnesses to the incident, which occurred at about 1400 GMT on Monday March 28th, are urged to come forward.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA told OUR DOGS: "The RSPCA would urge readers with any information about this incident to pass that on to the police, and we will help the police if they require assistance in the course of their enquiries."
Meanwhile in Teesside, police say they were left "horrified" after finding a dog stabbed and kicked to death in an alleyway in Middlesbrough. The Jack Russell was found lying in Fleece Street, Middlesbrough, on Wednesday morning. It had a puncture wound in its neck and a crushed skull.
Cleveland Police and the RSPCA have condemned the attack as "heartless and sadistic". They also said those responsible were "thugs."
RSPCA inspector Chris Guy said: "The kinds of cruelty I see inflicted on innocent animals never ceases to amaze me. I've seen plenty of upsetting things during my career with the RSPCA, but this is one of the most distressing. I would urge anybody with any information to get in touch with the RSPCA or the police, and help us track down those responsible for this horrific attack."
A police spokesman said: "This was a heartless, sadistic attack on a defenceless animal. It would appear this animal was kicked and stabbed and left to die in a back alley. Whoever did this will have blood stains on his clothing and someone may well recognise that.
"We would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this to get in touch on 01642 303126, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.