AN INCIDENT where a dead dog was found in a suitcase in a skip has been labelled as 'disgusting' by members of the public across Barrow.

The sad discovery of the animal, which had facial injuries and blood around her face, was found by workmen on Monday October 12 who were renovating a nearby shop on Dalton Road.

The dog is a white and grey female Staffy or bulldog type who was found in a black wheelie suitcase which had been dumped inside the skip.

It is currently unclear how the dog died at the time of writing.

The dog, who was microchipped, is called Cody, but the other details are unknown.

Anita Green, from the Animal Refuge Furness charity, has explained that this was not an appropriate way to deal with an animal.

"This is absolutely disgusting," she said.

"Surely there is CCTV around Dalton Road that can find out whoever did this?

"They could have been struggling with the dog, but they could have phoned us or the RSPCA for help. However, we did not get any calls about a Staffy.

"We do not know how the dog has died, but this seems like a stupid thing to do.

"This should not have happened.

"There is always help available to people who are struggling with animals.

"There is no need to do things like that in this day and age.

"Even if it had died of natural causes there are better ways to do this, I don't think a cremation at the vets is an expensive thing to have done."

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is currently investigating this incident and have identified the dog in question so far, but further information has yet to be revealed.

RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher, who is investigating, said: “This must have been a very distressing discovery for the members of the public who found this poor dog.

"The skip was empty before the weekend so Cody must have been put there some time over the weekend.

“The poor dog had facial injuries and blood around her face with a towel wrapped around her.

“If anyone saw anything, or has any information about this please contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 12 8018.”

The matter was initially given

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: "On October 12 at 9.15am Cumbria Police received a report of a dead dog that had been found in a skip on Dalton Road in Barrow.

"The incident was passed to the RSPCA to deal with. Log 41 of the October 12 "

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Animal Refuge Furness, who have been operational as a Charity in the Barrow-in-Furness area for over 40 years, can be contacted on 01229 474253.