The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead dog was found dumped in a ditch near Morrison’s supermarket in Totton – a spot known for having major fly-tipping problems.

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The female, adult Staffordshire bull terrier had not been microchipped, making it difficult to identify exactly where she has come from. It is not yet known how the dog died or came to have been dumped in the ditch on Mansergh Walk in Totton, and the RSPCA is asking anyone who may be able to identify the dog or who may know what has happened to her to call us.

It is thought that the dog would have likely been dumped in the spot some time between the 22 and 25 June this year.

RSPCA inspector Penny Baker said: “Her body was found lifeless and strewn amongst bits of old plastic, discarded cans and wiring. It truly made my heart sink to think that this poor girl had such a sad, undignified end to her life in this world.

“It is just disgraceful that this dog was dumped in a ditch like this and how anyone can treat their pet in this manner just honestly defies belief.

“An investigation is under way and we would urge anyone that can help us to identify her, who may have seen anything suspicious in the area around the time of this incident, or who may know what happened, including how she may have ended up in this ditch to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with further information about this incident can call the RSPCA inspector appeal line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.