The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a French bulldog appears to have been tied to a vehicle and dragged to her death in Merseyside.
The dog’s body was discovered by a member of the public in Brasenose Road, Bootle, on Monday 17 June at about 6.30am.
RSPCA officials found that a piece of long wire was still attached to the dog’s collar with a broken clip on the other end which is thought to have been attached to a vehicle.
It is believed the dog was aged about two and may have recently had puppies.
RSPCA inspector Joanne McDonald said: “I believe someone has tied the dog to a vehicle and then drove along dragging this poor pet to her death.
“There is skin missing on her feet and it looks as though she has run along to try and keep up with the moving vehicle until she was no longer able to.
“There are also wounds on her body which must have happened when she was unable to keep on her feet. The collar is also up on her head suggesting she has been pulled along.
“This is a most barbaric and cruel act. This poor young dog must have been terrified and suffered horrendously during this horrific incident.
“I really want to find who did this and am hoping the public may be able to help provide me with the information I need.”
Ms McDonald said the dog was microchipped but the details were not up to date.
:: Anyone with information about the incident should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.