The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a shih tzu dog with a number of injuries was found in a bin in Birkenhead.

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A member of the public found the female dog in their green bin at the front of their house in Eastview Close, in Prenton, on Tuesday afternoon (20 December).

The body was in a plastic bag which said “Do not open until Christmas Day” on the front. Also in the bag was a pink XXL hoody with “Discover Life Club” on the front, and a strip of red carpet.

The dog had suffered a broken neck, a broken leg, had extensive bruising, a prolapsed eye and multiple puncture wounds to her lower jaw and legs.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who is investigating, said: “The injuries don’t appear to be consistent with her being hit by a car and I am concerned as to how she got them, so I am appealing for any information as to what has happened to her and how she has ended up dead in a bin.

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“Someone must know who this dog belonged to, or recognise the hoody.

“I am keen to find out what has happened in this little dog’s final moments as it is clear she must have suffered immensely. I would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”

The dog was microchipped, however the microchip had not been registered.

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

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