The RSPCA is appealing for information after inspectors spotted three men thought to be intending to carry out makeshift surgery on a dog in an allotment yesterday (23 February 2017.)


Two RSPCA inspectors and a Local Authority Animal Welfare Officer were driving past the Catchgate Allotments near Swan Street in Stanley, County Durham, yesterday morning on an unrelated job when they spotted the men holding surgical equipment and standing over the dog.


Jumping out of the vehicle to investigate, they saw the black greyhound-type dog had an open wound to his side, and quickly approached the men. Unfortunately the men ran off with the dog, one of which jumped into a silver Nissan 4×4 vehicle.Knife © RSPCA


RSPCA inspector Catherine Maddison said: “This was an extremely worrying and very unusual sight, and we are strongly encouraging anyone with any information about these men are to let us know.


“We saw the men holding this poor dog down on the top of kennel in the allotment, and the closer we got we could see blood on one of the man’s hands, and a wound on the dog – it’s possible they were attempting to carry out a DIY castration. It is extremely worrying that we couldn’t get to them before they managed to run off and one drove away, so we really need the public’s help to assist us in tracing these men as we are very worried for this dog’s welfare.”


All three men were white and of differing ages. One was likely to be in his 50/60s and wearing a black beanie hat; his hands were covered in blood and he was carrying surgical implements. Another was possibly in his 30/40s and wearing a beige colour jacket – this man drove off in the silver Nissan 4×4 vehicle. The third male was in his 20s, wearing jogging bottoms and a sweater, he was tall and slim with dark hair – this man ran across a nearby field pulling the dog behind him on a lead.


Inspector Maddison, her colleague and the Local Authority Officer called the police immediately. They noticed blood on top of the kennel and a blooded table knife in the allotment, along with a large amount of horse manure which suggests a horse was probably being kept at the site until recently.


Inspector Maddison added: “Anyone with any information, no matter how small, can contact me in complete confidence by calling our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018. We are so worried for this poor dog and the fact that these men were seen with equipment which might suggest this is not the first time they have done this.”


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