Pregnant and injured dog left in a river to drown

August 17, 2010 | by | 14 Comments

A pregnant and injured English Bull Terrier which had been used as ‘bait’ in dog fights was tossed into a river to drown, it emerged today.

The helpless animal was heard splashing and yelping by a passer-by who managed to pull the canine to safety.

After being rescued it emerged the traumatised dog had recently given birth and was pregnant with two further puppies, which died after being delivered by caesarean section.

Police believe the dog, which had numerous fresh wounds on the front of her body, head and neck had been used in dog fighting as a ‘bait dog’ – where the animal is left tied up to be set upon by a group of dogs.

The incident took place on the River Avon at Staverton in Wiltshire on Wednesday night last week.

Horrified Wiltshire Police Dog Section Sergeant and dog legislation officer, Steve Jones said: ”I attended the river bank to find a terrified female English Bull terrier cowering at the end of a concrete ledge over the river.

”It was clear from the outset that we were dealing with an appalling example of animal cruelty.”

The mild-mannered dog, thought to be around two-years-old, is being looked after by the RSPCA with the hope of being re-housed in the future.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson added: ”It beggars belief why someone would treat an animal in this way and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA so we can ensure no other animals are allowed to suffer.”

Police are looking for a mixed race male aged 30 – 40 years and 5’7 – 5’8 tall.

He was of stocky build with a chubby face, goatee and side burns and had short cropped hair. He was wearing a tight black t shirt and dark blue jeans.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing deliberate suffering to an animal can face up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.

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  1. What sort of monster would do this!! I have the the same breed of dog and they are the most soft and lovely natured dog you could wish to have has a pet. That monster of a person needs drowning not the dog. i hope they catch him because what i think of him would neve get printed. i would hope very much that this poor little mite gets a new home because honestly they have the most fantastic fun loving almost human character a joy. i wish i could adopt her. Please i hope she gets a good home.

  2. Richard says:

    That's disgusting! I to have the same breed and there so loving and caring! Poor poor girl I hope they catch that guy and lock him up, people need to stop treating animals like this what's happening to the public!?!

  3. Richard says:

    That's disgusting! I to have the same breed and there so loving and caring! Poor poor girl I hope they catch that guy and lock him up, people need to stop treating animals like this what's happening to the public!?!

  4. Greg Nowak says:

    Scumbags like that shouldn’t have any time spent in any prison over here.Send them without any food to Siberia like they used to do with innocent Poles and others and let him try to survive that!
    He does it to a poor animal,he won’t hesitate to harm a human either.And where the hell is our great police?!They do know a lot of times who is involved and where those fighting rings are,but do nothing for some bloody intelligence collection purposes.Shame on you all!!!

  5. Greg Nowak says:

    Scumbags like that shouldn’t have any time spent in any prison over here.Send them without any food to Siberia like they used to do with innocent Poles and others and let him try to survive that!
    He does it to a poor animal,he won’t hesitate to harm a human either.And where the hell is our great police?!They do know a lot of times who is involved and where those fighting rings are,but do nothing for some bloody intelligence collection purposes.Shame on you all!!!

  6. Rachael says:

    Stricter prison sentences for these sort of crimes – 6 months is no where near enough. Also a name and shame, let us see what these sick pathetic excuses of humans look like. I also keep EBT and will say again what has been said before, they are brilliant pets, love their cuddles !!!

  7. Rachael says:

    Stricter prison sentences for these sort of crimes – 6 months is no where near enough. Also a name and shame, let us see what these sick pathetic excuses of humans look like. I also keep EBT and will say again what has been said before, they are brilliant pets, love their cuddles !!!

  8. Netty says:

    GRR!! This really makes me mad..we are seeing more animal cruelty at the moment. I have a bully and they re such a lovely dog. Poor little mite must ve been terrified. And when they are found guilty they ONLY get 6 months. Should get life as far as I am concerned.

  9. Netty says:

    GRR!! This really makes me mad..we are seeing more animal cruelty at the moment. I have a bully and they re such a lovely dog. Poor little mite must ve been terrified. And when they are found guilty they ONLY get 6 months. Should get life as far as I am concerned.

  10. vrs says:

    more n more we are hearing about totally sick people that put animals through tremendous pain to get their kicks!!!! 6 months in prison – what a sodding joke :-( they ought to have some serious pain inflicted on them – an eye for an eye n all that – or with such as the people that did this to the poor dog…………used as the bait themselves!!!!

  11. vrs says:

    more n more we are hearing about totally sick people that put animals through tremendous pain to get their kicks!!!! 6 months in prison – what a sodding joke :-( they ought to have some serious pain inflicted on them – an eye for an eye n all that – or with such as the people that did this to the poor dog…………used as the bait themselves!!!!

  12. kelly says:

    oh my god how dare they 6 mths whats that you get more for robbing sweets these days they shouldnt be allowed to walk the streets again he is a sick ba,,,,,,,,,,,,, it makes me sick what the hell makes them do it there are so many bullies out there beeing mistreated and some times people think there evil most of the time its the owners there with that are evil sick

  13. kelly says:

    oh my god how dare they 6 mths whats that you get more for robbing sweets these days they shouldnt be allowed to walk the streets again he is a sick ba,,,,,,,,,,,,, it makes me sick what the hell makes them do it there are so many bullies out there beeing mistreated and some times people think there evil most of the time its the owners there with that are evil sick

  14. Christopher650 says:

    is there any news about this case as its been 11 months now hope they found him and gave him what for

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