The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a four-month-old puppy with injuries to his neck and leg was found in a communal bin in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A member of the public made the shocking discovery, in Wilton Street, on Tuesday evening (12 December).

The body of the tan Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, who had blood all over his neck and face, has now been removed by an RSPCA officer.

The dog wasn’t microchipped so the RSPCA has been unable to trace an owner.

RSPCA inspector John Groarke said: “The dead pup had a broken neck and leg, and puncture wounds around his neck. The injuries point to the pup having a violent end to his life, possibly after being attacked by another dog.

“His body was wrapped in a black and pink fabric and was put in a ‘Tommee Tippee’ bottle steamer box, before being placed in the communal bin.

“We are keen to find out what happened to this poor dog and we are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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