Monday, 23 Nov 2020

Two 'completely skinned' dogs found dumped in woodland

A pile of skinned animals have been found dumped in woodland in South Yorkshire.

The bodies of two dogs and a rodent were so badly mutilated that it was impossible to tell what breed they were or even what species the rodent was.

An RSPCA inspector was called to Washfield Lane in Rotherham yesterday.

RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: ‘Members of the public contacted our emergency line after a horrific discovery in a small area of trees near Treeton Dike on Thursday night.

‘The bodies are completely skinned and have been dumped in a pile beside a black bin bag liner.

‘What’s not clear is whether the bodies have been dumped together in the bag and then dragged out and predated on by wildlife, or whether they were skinned before being dumped in this area.

‘It’s a really shocking sight and I’m extremely concerned that these animals may have suffered before their untimely deaths so I’d like to hear from anyone with any information.’

Jennie believes the bodies to be that of two dogs and a rodent – perhaps a rat – but said it’s difficult to tell because of the state of the corpses.

‘I can barely tell what species the bodies are let alone any further details like their breed, so we’re in the dark and could really do with the support of the public.

‘From the minor traces of fur left on the dogs’ feet, I believe one was black in colour and the other was cream.

‘It seems strange for more than one animal to be found like this if there’s an innocent explanation so this seems very suspicious to me.’

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