The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog was found burnt in a field in Burton-on-Trent.

A member of the public came across the upsetting sight on Friday (24 February) in Lynwood Road, Branston, and contacted the RSPCA.

Inspector Laura Bryant said: “The body was visible from a nearby path and would have been very distressing for anyone to see. It had been completely burnt so that mainly the skeleton was visible.

“The person who contacted us about it believes the dog wasn’t there the day before, and that there was a strong burning smell coming from the body, so we do believe that whoever set fire to the body did so overnight on Thursday or early on Friday.

“At this stage we don’t know whether the dog was alive or not when the body was set on fire, and due to the body being completely burnt, we don’t even know what type of dog it is. It does appear to be the size of a lurcher, but again we can’t be 100% certain due to the condition of the body.

“There are many unanswered questions and we are keen to find out what happened.”

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector Bryant.

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