The RSPCA is investigating after a headless German Shepherd dog was found on a waste ground in South Derbyshire.

A member of the public found the body of the adult male dog in Cadley Lane, Swadlincote, on Tuesday.

The dog was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley, who is investigating, said: “This is very sad and was not very pleasant for the member of the public who discovered the body.

“We do not know how the dog died, nor can we speculate, as we do not know if the dog died at the hands of a cruel human being or whether he died naturally and his head was eaten by wildlife – however we cannot rule anything out.

“It is vital that we find out what happened to this poor animal, and therefore are appealing for anyone with information to call us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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