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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Barrow dog throat slashed

A DOG walker has spoken of her shock after discovering a dead dog with its throat slashed thrown onto a grass verge in Barrow.

RSPCA investigators have launched a probe to track down whoever left the beige lurcher to die in such a callous way.

In a separate incident, another dog walker came across a dead Staffordshire bull terrier bitch and a bag of decomposing puppies in Abbot’s Wood, on Friday.

The Barrow grandmother came across the dead lurcher on a verge near the black huts at Roanhead on Saturday.

Speaking about her experience the 49-year-old, who does not want to be named, said: “Discarded in the long grass by the side of a track, used by dog-walkers and as a popular family walk, was the body of a fawn lurcher with what appeared to be a broken leg. On closer inspection the poor dog had died in the most appalling way. Someone had slit its throat.

“While I thoroughly understand that broken legs are a common accident in hunting dogs what I can’t get my head around is the fact that the poor dog was not treated by a vet, even if it meant being humanely put to sleep.

“Neither did its owner have the decency to bury the poor soul. Someone must know who this poor dog belonged to.”

Paulyn Whetstone, of Scruffy2Fluffy pet groomers, in Richmond Terrace, Barrow, said she had been alerted to the dead Staffy and the puppies by a customer as her and her friends walked through Abbot’s Wood last Friday.

The 42-year-old added that she went over to look and saw the corpse of the dog and a bag containing the decomposing canines.

She said: “It stunk to high heaven. It was horrendous. One dog ran over to the mass. It really upset everyone that saw it. I’m not sure why someone would do something like that. You also don’t know what diseases it could cause.”

Barrow police Sergeant Gareth Sargent said: “The RSPCA is investigating this sad discovery, and are working to establish what exactly has happened. Thankfully incidents such as this are rare and we work hard to keep it that way. I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who may have any information to get in touch with the RSPCA.”

Inspector Will Lamping from the RSPCA said it was a particularly nasty incident and asked anyone who knew who the owner may be to get in touch. they are also appealing for any witness. If you can help call the officer on 0300 1234999.

Have your say

I wish I could meet the persons responsible for these horrendous and cowardly acts and spend 10 minutes alone in a room with them.
If they're reading this and would like to do so via this page and I'll gladly meet u in private

Posted by DaltonBoy on 9 February 2014 at 16:07

I love my dogs and will defend them from harm as I promised them I would when I took them on. The incidents and others like them only serve to tell the world that Britain is indeed NOT a nation of dog lovers. The cruelty of some appals all decent animal lovers.

Posted by liz on 6 February 2014 at 06:43

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