IMG_20180624_180624411A large brown mastiff-type dog has been found dead in a shopping trolley wrapped in a duvet which was left on a Cardiff pathway.

RSPCA Cymru was notified by a member of the public, who made the awful discovery on Sunday (24 June) – at approximately 4.55pm.

The dog – who had a swollen stomach – was found on a pathway off Jim Driscoll Way, leading to Avondale Gardens, running alongside the River Taff. An RSPCA inspector has said being dumped in this way marked a “miserable end” for the poor dog.

It is feared she may have died as a consequence of an untreated growth to her abdomen.

RSPCA Cymru is now calling on the local community to come forward with any information potentially related to this sad incident.

Inspector Selina Griffiths said: “This appears to have been a miserable end for the poor female dog. IMG_20180624_180247096_HDRThe poor thing was found dumped in a shopping trolley, wrapped in a duvet, down a Cardiff footpath, running alongside the River Taff.

“We cannot be sure if she was dead or alive when she was dumped. The awful discovery was made by a member of the public on Sunday, during the late afternoon, and the dog had sadly died by that point.

“Someone must know something about how this dog came to be found in this way. Anyone with information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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