A shocking case of animal cruelty saw a dog strangled to death with a tree branch and then dumped in the middle of the road.
A large tan-coloured bull breed cross type, was discovered tied to a tree branch with a lead around its neck like a garrotte in the area of Wellfield Gardens on January 18, in Carshalton, south west London.
The tragic pooch may have tried to bite its way free because teeth marks were found in the branch, which appeared to have broken off a nearby tree.
Examinations from a vet concluded the most likely cause of death was by strangulation.
Appealing for information, RSPCA chief inspector Nicole Broster said: ‘While at this stage we do not know what has happened to this poor dog, we are treating this as a suspicious death and urging anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA in confidence.
‘This happened in a populated area, so we would appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously in the area.
‘We would also be keen to trace the owner of the dog as well and would ask people to come forward with information.’