Police appeal after dog found hanged at Haselbury Plucknett
A family on a horseriding outing in Haselbury Plucknett were horrified when they came across a dog hanging by its neck.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the dog was found dead in suspicious circumstances at Stonage Lane on Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman said: "We were contacted by a member of the public just after 2pm concerned for the welfare of a dog at a property on Stonage Lane.
"We attended the scene and found the body of a lurcher which may have been killed deliberately.
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"An enquiry has been launched to establish whether the dog was deliberately killed and we would like to hear from anyone who was walking in the area at the time and may have information which could help us."
Inspector Jackie Gold, who was on duty at the time, said: "The death of an animal is always upsetting when it may have been done intentionally. On this occasion, the animal was found by a family out horse riding and they were understandable upset by their discovery.
"We believe the dog was killed deliberately in a cruel act and we are conducting enquiries to establish how the dog died and who is responsible.
"We do not believe the dog had been dead long when we found it so I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area on Sunday and may have seen something suspicious."
Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.