Puppies found dead in Belton dyke
THE bodies of two Labrador puppies have been found in a dyke in Belton.
RSPCA inspectors are appealing for information after the bodies were discovered floating in the water by a dog walker using a footpath on River Way on Monday.
The dog walker, who does not wish to be named, said: 'I was out walking my dog and suddenly he shot off and then came running back to me with something in his mouth.
'At first I thought it was a bird but then I realised it was a puppy. I then saw another puppy floating in the water. It was just horrible and I was in tears when I realised what had happened to them.'
Inspector John Jenkins, who is investigating, said: 'It is just heartbreaking to think that these puppies have died a horrendous death by drowning.
'There were no other injuries found on their bodies, so we can only conclude that someone has driven them out to this remote location to drown them.
'What upsets me the most is that their deaths were completely unnecessary. If their owner was struggling and unable to cope there are lots of charities who would have been willing to offer them some help.
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'I would appeal to anyone who may know of someone whose dog has recently had puppies which have since disappeared.
'I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area the previous night or on Monday morning.'
Anyone with information can call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.