Dog 'deliberately abandoned' at Hemlington Lake as RSPCA investigation launched

Hemlington Lake
Hemlington Lake -Credit:Teessidelive

A dog was ‘deliberately abandoned’ at Hemlington Lake last week.

Middlesbrough Council Dog Warden Service reported that it received a phone call on Friday afternoon, April 19, from a resident alleging that she had found a Malinois dog by the lake, near to Cass House Road. However, after speaking with local residents, the RSPCA inspector and Thirteen Group established the caller was the owner of this dog and had deliberately abandoned the dog, the service stated.

Middlesbrough Council has now confirmed that the RSPCA is currently undertaking an investigation into the deliberate abandonment of the animal after being alerted by a member of the public to a dog at Hemlington Lake in Middlesbrough. A council dog warden service spokesperson added: “There is absolutely no place for this behaviour and we will take enforcement action against individuals who commit this type of behaviour.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We’re aware of this incident and it’s being looked into. Unfortunately we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken. We understand how frustrating that is for animal lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future prosecution or could lead to us being fined.

“We’re so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.”

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