A walker was left shocked when they discovered a dead dog dumped by a pond by a Stoke-on-Trent football club.
The dog – a small terrier type – was left dead in a bag by the pond near Hanley Town Football Club in Abbey Lane, Abbey Hulton, on Sunday (April 19).
The RSPCA say the dog was not microchipped so inspectors have no way of tracing where it was from.
It is feared the dog died some time ago so it isn’t possible to establish a cause of death.
RSPCA inspector Laura Baker, who is looking into the incident for the animal welfare charity, said: “Sadly it would seem that this poor dog had been dead for a while as their body had started to rot.
“The dog’s teeth were very white so it is possible that the dog was only young.
“The dog is a small terrier-type dog with brown fur and a long tail. It wasn’t microchipped so we have no way of knowing where it came from.
“It is concerning that the dog was found tied up and dumped in a pond. As the dog appears to have been dead a while, we won’t be able to get a cause of death so we are relying on the public coming to us with information.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.