TWO YOUTHS have been charged by police with killing a young Dalmatian by hanging it from a tree.
As reported last week, the RSPCA was appealing to the public for help in catching those responsible for the shocking crime which resulted in the dog’s death.
A member of the public phoned the charity 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 expressed the hope 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.
Last week South Yorkshire Police confirmed that two local teenagers aged 18 and 19 have been arrested and interviewed on suspicion of criminal damage to the dog in this case. They have been interviewed and released on Police bail pending further enquiries.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.
All calls will be treated in confidence.