The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a Jack Russell terrier was found taped in a bin bag and dumped in a rucksack.

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The brown and white dog was found by a canal in Bank Road, in Bootle, Liverpool, on Thursday (8 February). The dog was microchipped and details on the chip showed that she was called Jess and was 17 years old. However, the contact details for the owner were out of date, so the owner of the dog can’t be traced.

Her body was in a bin bag which was placed inside a black and orange Timberland rucksack.

RSPCA inspector Helen Smith, who is investigating, said: “A member of the public found Jess’s body and immediately contacted us. Grey electrical tape was around her body and she was placed in a bin bag, which was put inside a rucksack.

“A vet has examined her body and believes she has been dead for some time. Due to decomposition, it is difficult to give a cause of death.

“We have made enquiries with the contact details on the microchip but we have not had any luck, however we do believe she was from the local area so it might be that local people will know who she belonged to.

“We’re very keen to trace Jess’s owner and also to find out how Jess’s body came to be in this way. Anyone with information should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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