The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog was found in the River Thurne at Potter Heigham yesterday (Tuesday, 13 June) afternoon.

The dog was spotted by concerned members of the public who rushed into the river but sadly the adult German Shepherd was already dead.

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The police were called, who then contacted the RSPCA who have launched an investigation into the death.

The dog was wearing a metal choker collar which was clipped to a short lead which was attached to some blue polypropylene rope which was tied to a concrete mud weight.

A post mortem is due to be carried out on the dog’s body, but it is not thought to have been in the water long.

RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Ben Kirby said: “This is a potentially an extremely despicable act if this poor dog was still alive when it went into the water. And this would mean it was  premeditated cruelty of the highest order.

“If the post mortem shows that this dog was dead then this was still a morally inappropriate way to dispose of a body.

“I am urging anyone who may have any information to who was the owner of this dog or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area on the afternoon of Tuesday 13, June.

“Sadly it just doesn’t make sense why someone would go to this effort to dispose of a dead animal, and so we suspect the dog could have still been alive when thrown into the water and suffered a horrendous death.

“Anyone with information no matter how small is urged to contact me on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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