*warning: some readers may find the images distressing*
The RSPCA has appealed to the public for information after a dead Chihuahua puppy was found on the side of a road in Bedford Borough.
A member of the public made the grisly discovery at around midday on Monday (24 February) in Manor Road, Kempston Hardwick.
The unchipped female puppy’s body was wrapped in a greyish cream blanket and a black bin bag with a supermarket shopping basket placed upside down to cover her.
RSPCA Inspector Stephen Reeves, who is now investigating said, “This must have been a very distressing discovery for the member of the public who found this poor puppy and took her to the vets.
“An examination at the vets showed that the young Chihuahua had lots of abdominal bruising and a possible broken neck.
“We are very keen to find out what happened to this poor dog and how her body came to be dumped in this way.
“At this stage, the circumstances of the dog’s death are unclear but her physical injuries do not appear to be consistent with a road traffic accident.
“I am appealing for anyone who might have information which could help with our enquiries to please contact us on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”