The burned remains of a Rottweiler dog have been found in Sunderland.
The male dog was found by a member of the public on a footpath just off Claxheugh Road, South Hylton at around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon (6 March).
The dog is thought to have been aged between eight and 11 years old.
RSPCA inspector Terri-Ann Fannon said: “This was an absolutely horrible and upsetting thing to come across.
“At the moment we don’t know how this dog died, and whether he was set on fire before or afterwards.
“A vet has examined him and believes that the injuries to his body are all due to the heat exposure and were post death. However it does seem a very strange thing to do to a much loved pet, and is certainly suspicious.
“If anyone has any information at all about him, or saw anything that they think will help my investigation into what has happened here, please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
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