RSPCA Cymru and Gwent Police are appealing for information after the body of a male dog was found discarded in a Brynmawr reservoir.

The body of the dog was found – by a member of the public – in the Brynmawr Reservoir, off Warwick Road, on 27 March. It is thought the dog may have been a bulldog.

It was bloated, suggesting the bulldog may have been in the water for a number of days.

A police officer moved the dog’s body from the reservoir, and it was later collected by RSPCA Cymru. There was no microchip, and the body was decomposing which made any apparent injuries difficult to identify.

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information concerning how the body may have ended up in the reservoir – with members of the public who may know anything urged to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line.

The incident is also being highlighted as a reminder as to the importance of microchipping dogs – now a legal requirement in Wales for those over eight weeks of age.

RSPCA inspector Izzi Hignell said: “We were very sad to learn that the body of a bulldog was found in these circumstances. This must have been exceptionally distressing for the member of the public who found the dog.

“It is unclear the circumstances behind this incident – and we’re urge anyone with any information to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, or call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number 283 27/3/17.

“The dog’s body was largely decomposed, meaning it is difficult to ascertain what any injuries on the body may be. A lack of a microchip, sadly, also means we have not been able to identify the animal.

“Microchipping of dogs over eight weeks of age is now a legal requirement in Wales – and this is another reminder as to the importance of permanently identifying pets in this way. With a chip, we’d know the owner of this bulldog – and could potentially offer closure to worried owners.”

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