The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog which had been strangled was found in a country lane in Shropshire.

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The red female Dogue de Bordeaux, thought to be aged around six, was discovered by a member of the public in a coppice down a country lane which runs adjacent to the A442 in the village of Quatt. Around the dog’s neck was some baler twine, as well as marks which indicated the dog had been strangled.

The body was collected by a dog warden on Monday last week (15 February), who contacted the RSPCA. The body is believed to have been there for at least two weeks.

As the dog had no collar and was not microchipped, it is difficult for the RSPCA to trace an owner.

RSPCA inspector Kelly Lake said: “It is worrying that this dog may have suffered a horrible death, as the twine and wounds around her neck suggest that she was strangled. She was a big dog and it would have taken a lot of effort to do this.

“We’re appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact us as soon as possible. We are relying on the public to help us so if you think you can help us with our enquiries, please contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).