A DEAD puppy was found chained inside a dumped rabbit hutch in an incident described as 'callous and cruel' by the RSPCA.
The puppy, a tan terrier-type female aged no more than six months old, was found in the hutch on Shearer Way, Pendlebury, Swinton, Manchester on the afternoon of Wednesday 24 January.
RSPCA inspector Ben Strangwood, who was called to the scene, said the puppy had been chained inside the hutch and would not have been able to get out.
‘It was bitterly cold here and there were no other indications of injury, so the puppy probably froze to death,’ he said.
‘I couldn't believe it when I saw it it's probably the worst thing I have seen since becoming an RSPCA inspector. This was a callous and cruel act, as they've put a chain around its neck and attached it to the hutch, so an amount of thought has gone into it.
‘If you no longer want to keep a dog, this is not the way to go about it. There is help available from organisations such as the RSPCA - to leave an animal to die is appalling.’
It is an offence to abandon an animal in a manner likely to cause suffering, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and / or a £5,000 fine.
If anyone has information as to what happened they should call the RSPCA on 0870 5555 999.
Calls are treated in confidence.