A puppy was found in a field after being wrapped up in a bin bag and ‘buried alive’.
RSPCA inspectors said they were ‘heartbroken’ that the puppy didn’t survive the ‘hideous act of cruelty’.
A dog walker was out on Saturday April 27 training their working dogs when they made the shocking discovery in a field in Leyland, behind Worden Park in Lancashire.
Investigating RSPCA Inspector Alison Fletcher, said: ‘When the dogs didn’t return their owner went to find them and realised they’d sniffed out a mound of disturbed earth in the middle of the field.
‘When they looked closely they spotted a little cream-coloured head poking out of the ground.
‘The puppy had been wrapped up in a bin bag and buried alive.’
He was taken home by the dog walker who immediately alerted the RSPCA, who said he was around nine weeks old and a Pomeranian-type breed.
The tiny puppy had a broken front leg and a broken rear leg so was unable to walk or move.
Inspector Fletcher added: ‘What a hideous act of cruelty to walk out to the middle of nowhere, dig a grave and bury this poor puppy alive in the dirt. It’s disgusting.
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‘I can’t believe this little one was found, he was so lucky or he could have suffered the most unimaginably slow and painful death.’
The pup was taken for urgent veterinary treatment but his injuries were so severe that he had to be put to sleep.
Inspector Fletcher said: ‘I am absolutely heartbroken that vets weren’t able to save this innocent, loving little puppy. He didn’t deserve this ending…
‘It’s extremely suspicious that this little pup had such serious broken legs which, seemingly, hadn’t been treated.
‘And for someone to abandon him in such shocking circumstances, in what appears to be an attempt to kill him, is utterly shocking.’
She added that they’ve now launched a full investigation into the incident and have appealed to the public to contact them if they recognise the puppy, or know anyone who had a litter of Pomeranian puppies recently, or bought a Pomeranian but no longer has it.
Anyone who can help with the investigation is urged to get in touch via the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.