The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a dead dog was sadly discovered in Leominster, Herefordshire.

A member of the public found the body in a grassy area amongst leaves on Ridgemoor Road on 31 December.

The body was found between a children’s play area, and a footpath along the River Lugg, directly behind a housing estate.

RSPCA inspector Claire Davey retrieved the body the following day on 1 January and is now making enquiries to try and find out what happened.

She said: “The body was a male red/tan dog, possibly a chihuahua or terrier cross, and is believed to be an older puppy/young adult. He had no microchip, and had a brown plastic collar with no tag.

“The finder said there was also a blanket found near the body, but this was not there when I attended. It appears that the dog either died elsewhere and was placed there, or that it curled up and passed away in the pile of leaves.”

The RSPCA is now appealing for anyone with first hand information to get in touch. 

“It is heartbreaking to think what has happened to this dog, but at the moment we don’t know how he died, but due to the body being left where it was, it is suspicious,” said Claire.

“If you can help us with our enquiries please do get in touch by calling 0300 123 8018.”

Animal neglect and abandonment are at a three-year high. The combined effects of the pandemic and a cost of living crisis have meant more animals than ever will need the RSPCA’s help this year. That’s why the charity needs supporters to join the winter rescue and help them be there for animals as neglect and abandonment soars.