Body of dog found in Sunderland

11 Mar 2018 10:00 AM

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On Tuesday March 6 police received a report that a dog had been found dead in the Claxheugh Rocks area of South Hylton, Sunderland. We are aware of reports circulating on social media and locally that the dog was killed by local youths. A number of people have subsequently shared threatening messages as a result of the reports.

A joint investigation between police and the RSPCA is now underway after the dog’s body was recovered. Enquiries are ongoing however we do not believe that any criminal offence has taken place. It is understood that the dog has been buried in the location, having died from natural causes. 

Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said. “We take any act of cruelty towards animals very seriously but in this instance we do not believe the circumstances to be suspicious. We are working with the RSPCA to find out exactly what has happened and I would urge local residents to remain calm and not to take the law into their own hands. We would always encourage people to call us if they have these types of concerns and we will take appropriate action.”