The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog was found in Hagley, Stourbridge at the weekend.
The RSPCA was called by West Midlands police after the body was found on Wassell Grove Lane, opposite the Old Halesonians Rugby Club early on Sunday morning (25 November).
The black Staffordshire bull terrier was lying next to a baseball bat and vets confirmed that the dog had suffered a fractured skull which could have come from blows to the head.
It is believed that the dog may have been killed elsewhere and driven to the location before being dumped.
Police are carrying out forensic tests, but both the RSPCA and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
RSPCA inspector Pippa Boyd said: “This poor dog had a short life which may have been filled with distress and fear and she died at the hands of someone who obviously had no thought for her at all.
“Someone capable of killing a dog in this way could pose a threat to other animals and we desperately need to hear from anyone with information – even if someone knows of a dog which went missing recently we need them to let us know.”
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.
To help the RSPCA in tackling cases like this, text HELP to 78866 now to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).