The RSPCA is asking the public for help in catching those responsible for hanging a young Dalmatian dog from a tree.
A member of the public phoned late on Wednesday 5 October to report the incident and Inspector Terry Speight attended the grim scene the following morning. He took photographs of the lifeless animal and hopes that by showing the distressing pictures it will help shock those responsible to come forward or for someone who knows the culprits to alert authorities.
It is believed that the dog was alive when it was suspended from the tree, as there are no other injuries to indicate that the dog died another way.
The Dalmatian, a young male, had been hung from a piece of blue rope. The securing point was around 15 to 20 feet up the tree indicating that those involved were young or athletic in order to scale to that height.
The area was to the south of Oak Tree Avenue, Cudworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and approximately 300 metres from the bottom of Cudworth Park. It is a secluded spot with no houses nearby and, although dog walkers use the area, it is well off the beaten track.
The remains of a fire and cider bottles together with bits of rope tied in nooses were also found nearby.
The dog had no collar and no microchip for identification.
Inspector Speight said: "I have worked as an inspector for over 20 years now and this discovery has been one of the most distressing I have ever had to deal with. I hope that whoever carried out this barbaric act is caught soon and urge anyone with information to contact the RSPCA or police with the utmost urgency to prevent this from happening again."
Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.
All calls will be treated in confidence.