The RSPCA is renewing pleas for people to come forward after a dog’s body with a bag of cement around his neck was pulled out of a canal in Bootle.


The animal welfare charity issued an appeal for information after the body was found in a canal in Litherland Road on Saturday, 6 May. Tied around the dog’s neck with blue rope was a Head rucksack which was filled with the bags of cement.

Despite media coverage, no one came forward with information. Since then, a post-mortem examination has confirmed that the dog – a dark-coloured male Staffordshire bull terrier – had been either hanged or strangled to death before being dumped in the water. Bruises were also found on the dog’s head and his chest, which may indicate that the dog had been hit on the head.

RSPCA inspector Helen Smith said: “We now know how this poor dog died and it is simply horrific. He was intentionally killed and intentionally dumped with a complete lack of regard.

“We are really keen to find out who did this, but sadly no one has come forward with information. Someone must know who owned the dog, or recognise the bag, so we are urging anyone who can help us with our investigation to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)