RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a dog was found dead and hung on a gate in Abertillery.

The horrifying discovery was found by a member of the public who found the dog on Friday morning [4 September] with a lead wrapped around his neck hung on their garden gate at Meadow Street, Llanhilleth, Abertillery.

Gwent Police were notified about the incident along with the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Izzy Hignall said: “The caller went to bed at midnight and found the dog at 7.30am. The caller said the dog’s feet were touching the ground when hanging.”

The dog’s body was taken to RSPCA’s Merthyr Tydfil veterinary clinic for a vet examination.

Inspector Hignall said: “The dog is likely to have died by asphyxiation – but this has not been confirmed.

“We have been able to track down the owners, who are extremely upset about what has happened.

“The dog – named Blaze – broke off a chain at 11pm the night before. We don’t know what happened to him – but there is a possibility he could have escaped and then had an accident as the dog may have tried to jump the gate but got stuck.

“But there is also a chance that it could have been deliberate – so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened.”

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact Inspector Hignall through the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Blaze’s owner Craig Andrews said they were all very upset and wanted to know what had happened.

“He is our family dog,” he said. “We are all devastated we are just looking for answers.”

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