RSPCA appeal after dead dog found wrapped in Christmas blanket and dumped in a hedge in Sunderland

Animal protection officers are appealing for information after a dead dog was found wrapped in a Christmas blanket and dumped in a hedge in Sunderland.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 10:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 10:55 am
RSPCA-issued picture of the scene

The RSPCA said the a member of the public made the grim discovery on farmland near the Albion Restaurant and Bar in Ryhope on Saturday December 8.

The rottweiler, which was said to be underweight, was was wrapped in a Christmas blanket with a holly and baubles pattern. The dog was also covered with a blue tarpaulin and yellow washing line.

RSPCA-issued picture of the scene

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RSCPA Inspector Catherine Maddison said an investigation had been launched and the organisation was keen for anyone with information to get in touch.

She said: “This must have been a distressing find for the member of the public who contacted us. Sadly, the dog was already dead and was found near hedgerow on some farmland.

"The dog’s body was removed by the council but on inspection, it does look as though the poor rottweiler was quite underweight with slightly overgrown claws.

“The circumstances are very unclear at the moment so we are unsure if this dog was a pet who has sadly passed away or if the dog was left here in a poor state. This is why we are now appealing for information.

RSPCA-issued picture of the scene

She added: “If anyone may have seen something in the area before 2.30pm on Saturday, please contact us on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The incident comes as the charity runs its Kindness at Christmas campaign. To donate, please visit