A dead dog has been found washed up in a sports bag on a Blackpool beach.
The harrowing discovery of the female German Shepherd was made by police officers when they spotted the bag opposite Red Bank Road, in Bispham, at around 3.30pm on February 27.
When they opened it they found the black and tan cross breed dog and contacted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Mandi Taylor said: “She was clearly an elderly dog and had a small lump or growth on her left hind leg around the size of a fifty pence piece.
“Her nails were overgrown on all four feet and her teeth were rotten.
“She hadn’t suffered any visible injuries, and she didn’t appear to have been in the water long so we think someone in the area may recognise her or indeed the bag that she was dumped in.
“Sadly, as she wasn’t microchipped, there is no way of tracing her owners at the moment.”
The bag is described as a large blue holdall with red handles and the word ‘Mobil’ in red, blue and white on a side pocket.
Inspector Taylor added: “The holdall is distinctive and I am hopeful that someone will know who the owner of this dog is and will get in touch. I am deeply concerned about what happened to her.”
Mandy Leigh, owner of Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, said: “It’s disgraceful.
“If they’ve done it on purpose it’s disgusting.
“The problem is if they’ve been good owners and live in a flat or a house with nowhere to bury the dog, then this is the only way to dispose of it, but that’s looking on the brightside.
“The other side of it is we don’t know if the dog was dead before this or it died because of this.
“There’s no excuse to dispose of a dog the way they have.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for RSPCA inspector Taylor.
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