The RSPCA is appealing for information about the owner of a reddish brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was found dead in the Pool River in Sydenham on Friday 22 November.
The dog was lying in a few inches of water under a bridge which runs over the river near a Sainsbury’s store.
The path is popular with dog walkers, and the RSPCA is hopeful that someone might have seen who dumped the dog there.
The adult, male, unneutered dog had no microchip, collar or visible sign of injuries.
RSPCA inspector Natasha Wallis said: “From the state of the body we believe the dog died sometime between the previous evening and 0930 that morning when our caller found it.
“The river is not deep enough at this time of year for the dog to have drowned.
“I would appeal to anyone who thinks they know who this dog’s owner is to contact our inspector information line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message. We treat all calls in confidence.”
The RSPCA can only investigate cases like this thanks to generous donations from the public.
You can give £3 by texting the word HELP to 78866 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).