A dog has been found dead in a pond in Stoke-on-Trent, two days after going missing.
Tracy Smith’s daschund dog called Betty was last seen on Saturday evening (13 July) at her home in Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove, when she escaped from the garden.
The 53-year-old went looking for her but could not find her.
The body of Betty was found by a man walking his dog in Goldenhill Golf Course in Stoke on Monday morning (15 July).
The man said his dog had gone into a nearby pond and brought out an item wrapped in a towel which was taped up. He investigated and found the body of a dead dachshund with a large wound to her neck.
The dog still had identity tags on her collar so the finder was able to call Tracy to let her know that he had found their dog in tragic circumstances. He took the body to a nearby vets and alerted the RSPCA.
then on Monday morning she was given the devastating news that Betty had been found dead in what the RSPCA are treating as ‘suspicious circumstances’.
Inspector Leanne Cragg was sent to investigate and said she believes someone has deliberately killed Betty before dumping her body
She said: “The vet has examined the neck wound and said this was the cause of death. It was a deep 10cm laceration which was a clean and deep wound.
“The fact that someone also wrapped Betty’s body up before dumping her in the pond suggests this was done intentionally which is absolutely horrific and her owner is obviously devastated.
“I am keen to trace anyone who may have seen anything suspicious either near the Whitehall Avenue area where I believe Betty was taken from or around the golf course to get in touch.”.
Tracy, who owned Betty, aged 18 months, said she is now struggling to sleep and eat because she is so upset about her loss.
The mum-of-five said: “I absolutely adored Betty, she used to sleep with me in bed and followed me around the house. She was such a lovely dog she wouldn’t hurt a fly. To think someone may have done something so cruel and horrible is so hard to comprehend.
“I am so grateful to the man that found Betty for what he did as it must have been very distressing.
“I just hope anyone knows who did this to my poor dog will get in touch with the RSPCA.”
Anyone with information can call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.