Ten dogs killed after being thrown into Leeds canal in a Sports Direct bag

Ten dogs have been killed after being thrown into a canal in a Sports Direct bag.

The bag was spotted by a member of the public in the canal close to the River Aire at Holts Crest Way in Leeds. They contacted the RSPCA who fished out the bag with the help of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Once out of the water RSPCA animal rescue officer made the horrific discovery that ten dogs - two adults and eight puppies - were inside. The dogs were two adult French bulldogs, six French bulldog puppies and two terrier puppies.

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A red brick was also found inside the bag during the discovery on 20 May. It comes just 12 months after a family of five French bulldogs were pulled from the canal after they had also been dumped in a Sports Direct bag.

Hannah said: “It is very suspicious that two identical incidents have occurred in the same area, both families of French bulldogs and both in Sports Direct bags. It seems highly likely that these are linked.

“It's awful to think what these poor dogs went through and I'm keen to piece together what happened leading up to finding them. They didn't appear to be in ill health which makes us, very sadly, believe they could have been intentionally drowned.

“This would be an awful act of animal cruelty and we are urging anyone who has any information about this possibility to get in touch with us so we can find out what happened to these poor dogs.

“If anyone has any information at all which can help us, please do get in touch."

She urged people to check their security cameras to see if they saw anyone carrying a Sports Direct bag close to the location on 20 May. Anyone with information should call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018, quoting reference 1268568.

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