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Mystery over dead dog found near Southmere lakes, Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:28 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 08 January 2018

The dog was found near Southmere lake

The dog was found near Southmere lake

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The RSPCA is appealing for information following the distressing discovery of a dead dog on a quiet roadside in Abbey Wood, close to Southmere lakes.

Paul West, a local wildlife volunteer, had been carrying out a late-night check on the local swans just after midnight on January 6 when he made the discovery of the one-year-old Springer spaniel at Belvedere Road.

Mr West said: “It knocked me for six finding this poor little dog dead at the side of the road, and I am very concerned to think what might have happened to her.

The weather was absolutely awful that night but a friend and I still went out to carry out our nightly checks on the swans, but I never thought we’d find a dead dog.”

RSPCA inspector Nicholas Wheelhouse, who is investigating, said: “This is a very shocking and upsetting discovery, and I am very keen to find this dog’s owners.

Initial checks by a vet have shown that she suffered catasrohpic injuries to her upper and lower jaws and to her head, but I am waiting for the results of further tests to determine if this was a result of her being hit by a vehicle, or possibly an extremely cruel act by a person.”

Although the dog has a microchip, there are no owner details registered to enable the RSPCA to trace the owner.

Mr Wheelhouse is urging anyone with any information to contact him in complete confidence by calling 0300 123 8018.

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