'LEFT TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH' Gruesome badger baiting incident.
Byline: GARY PORTER Daily Post Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A BADGER has been killed and a dog found with "horrific" injuries after the animals were left to "fight it until the death".
Residents from Ffordd Yr Ysgol in Flint made the "gruesome" discovery near their homes.
The female adult badger was found in a pool of blood while the dog - a bull breed cross lurcher - was discovered in the playing fields near Cornist Park Primary School with injuries including a torn ear, broken teeth, puncture wounds and part of his nose missing.
The RSPCA has now launched an investigation into the shocking suspected animal baiting incident and it is appealing for information.
Members of the public said they had heard distressed screams coming from the area at around 1am.
The abandoned dog has now been named Flint and taken to a vet for urgent treatment.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: "It was an incredibly gruesome sight. It looks like someone has set this dog onto this badger and then just left them to fight it until the death.
"The badger would have had a horrific death, and she was a female so could well have young somewhere needing her care.
"The dog is also in a horrific state and needed urgent veterinary attention.
"He is a lovely animal, and I am sure he was forced to attack the badger in this way.
"A n i - mal fighting involving dogs and wildlife is an extremely serious form or premeditated cruelty. The RSPCA is dedicated to investigating such allegations and bringing these matters before the courts.
"I urge anyone who heard or saw anything which might relate to this horrific incident, to call us on 0300 123 8018, in strictest confidence of course.
Any little bit of information could help."
PCSO Mike Gray, part of the North Flintshire Local Policing Team, posted on Twitter: "Pretty horrific first job this morning. At the aftermath of badger baiting in the Flint area overnight."
The badly injured dog was discovered near Cornist Park Primary School (left) |