The RSPCA is appealing for information after three dead dogs were found dumped at the side of a road in a Bedfordshire village.

A passing lorry driver discovered the bodies at the side of Cranfield Road, near the village of Salford.

All three dogs appeared to have injuries although it cannot be confirmed at this stage how they died. A post-mortem examination on the dogs is planned to take place this week.

The three dogs are:

  • A brindle-coloured mastiff-type dog with cropped ears and an unregistered European microchip;

  • A dark-and-white mastiff-cross with a Netherlands-registered microchip;

  • A tan/brindle Presa Canario dog with cropped ears and an unregistered European microchip.

RSPCA inspector Sally Kearns said: “This is an upsetting incident. While at this stage we cannot say for certain how they died, it is concerning that they had injuries to their bodies which suggest they had suffered. At this stage we are not ruling out that they were used for dog-fighting.

“I am appealing for the public to get in touch if they have any information regarding these three dogs. It is clear that they has been subject to horrific and frightening treatment, and any information pertaining to who may possibly have done this to them will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information about the dogs, who were found on Tuesday (6 March), should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

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