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Case ID: 17889
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A dog has been found dead after weeks chained to a tree in bushland at Edmonton, in what the RSPCA says is a shocking case of apparent animal cruelty.

The decomposed body of a male staffy-pitbull cross was found near the Edmonton boat ramp.

With no food or water, the tanned-coloured dog was tied with less than 20cm to move, and is estimated to have been in the location for three to four weeks.

A young boy and his father made the grisly find on Thursday afternoon and, concerned it may attract crocodiles, alerted authorities.

"We're very curious to discover what actually happened to this dog," Inspector Cameron Buswell said.

"It's very bizarre circumstances.

"There could be a good reason but we could also be looking at a big case of animal cruelty.

"I'm led to believe the dog has been tied and killed at the same location. If the dog was left there to die, I imagine he would have chewed through the lead or been vocal and someone would have heard."

A blue dog-lead with "Southside Vet Surgery" written on the side, and a brown rusted dog collar may be the only clues left to help solve the mystery.

Cause of death will be difficult to determine given the body's advanced state of decay.

Southside Veterinary Surgery staff said they could not identify the dog and urged the community to help track down its killer.

"We give away hundreds of those blue leads each year with puppy packs," a spokesman said.

"We've done that for 11 years so there must be thousands of those leads out there.

"I haven't heard of anything like this happening around here before but further away you do hear of people tying unwanted dogs up in the bush, hoping someone will find them and take them home."

Insp Buswell urged anyone with information to contact the RSPCA call centre on 1300 852 188.

"Someone might have seen something or someone may be missing a dog," Insp Buswell said.

"You do wonder why would somebody put the dog there and destroyed it?

"Was it someone taking a barking dog into their own hands? Or is there an easy explanation?

"There's so many theories out there so we need someone from the public to come forward."

A Cairns Regional Council spokeswoman said workers were called to remove the body yesterday morning, and had not yet received a request from the RSPCA to assist in any criminal investigation.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
1300 852 188


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