THE bodies of four rare breed dogs have been washed up at a pumping station near Boston.
RSPCA officers have today (Thursday) revealed they were called to the Lade Bank Pumping Station in New Leake on Wednesday, May 9, after workers there discovered the bodies of two dead females which had washed up together.
The dogs were between four to six months old and it is thought they had been in the water for around two days.
The dogs were Hungarian Vizslas.
Animal welfare officer Becky Harper said: “There were no obvious traumas or shot marks and we think they had only been dead in the water for a couple days.
“It seemed very strange to find two dead dogs together and for them to be of this breed, which we would say is not hugely common and not one that I have dealt with on a regular basis.”
However, the following day the RSPCA was again called to the same location after two more bodies of the same breed of dog were found. The dogs were the same size and similar age.
In a strange twist the RSPCA received a report of two dogs of the same breed which had been abandoned in the Newstead Park area of Mansfield on Sunday, May 6 – although the RSPCA says it can not directly link the incidents.
During this incident a member of the public had seen a silver 4x4 vehicle pull up and the dogs were then thrown out of the vehicle and the driver drove off.
A member of the public who witnessed the incident called the RSPCA and the dogs were collected by RSPCA inspector Chris Shaw.
The two dogs - one male and one female - were around six months old and extremely nervous and jumpy.
They were collected by the inspector and taken to the RSPCA Radcliffe on Trent Animal Centre where they are currently being cared for.
Insp Shaw added: “I, like my colleagues in Lincolnshire, am completely puzzled by this incident involving this breed of dog.
“We very rarely have to deal with Hungarian Vizslas as they are a rare bred and one which people will pay a lot of money for, which makes it more curious that someone would dump them.
“The RSPCA is clearly very keen to hear from anyone who may have owned any of these dogs, or perhaps knows of a breeder who has suddenly got rid of dogs of this description and age in a short space of time.
“We need to know why all these dogs have suddenly been dumped, and we hope the public can help us in our appeal.
“These are blatant cases of animal cruelty and we would urge anyone with information to contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”