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Reward offered to catch culprits of attempted dog drowning in Middlewich
9:27am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A NORTHWICH animal lover is offering a cash reward to catch the culprits of a callous act of animal cruelty committed in Middlewich last month.
On August 9, the RSPCA rescued a sick dog from the Middlewich canal after it has been cruelly dumped near a layby on Booth Lane.
Despite the female English Bull terrier surviving the canal ordeal, she sadly had to be put to sleep as she had a tumour ‘the size of a football’ on her chest and was suffering.
Nicky Brooks, an animal rescue volunteer from Davenham, is now offering a reward of £100 to help identify those who committed the appalling act.
She said: “What a terrible example of man’s inhumanity to animals – her reward for being a companion and probably making money for her owners by having puppies? Death by drowning and her awful neglected tumour untreated when her usefulness is over.”
The terrier was quite elderly and had distinctive brown patches on her coat.
RSPCA inspector Emma Timmis, who rescued the dog, suspected she had been dumped as the owner did not want to pay for the vet treatment she so desperately needed.
Emma added: “This is not the way to end an animal’s life, and it is even more sickening that it could be a as a result of saving money.”
Nicky works closely with the NSPCA and other animal rescue centres and currently homes five ‘second-hand’ dogs.
One of her rescue dogs had similar experience when she was abandoned eight years ago whilst struggling to give birth.
Nicky added: “At least she was abandoned to the safe hands of a vet when owners refused to pay the vet bill.
“Thank heavens for the RSPCA - not only in this case, rescuing the poor animal from drowning – and they would have taken care of her if it had been feasible – but also the RSPCA have the powers to prosecute for animal abuse.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident or to report any suspicious activity by the canal opposite the layby on Booth Lane, August 9, contact Inspector Timmis at the RSPCA immediately on 0300 123 8018.
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