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WHO DID THIS?; Pregnant spaniel drowned with10kg weight round neck.


WITH a 10kg dumbbell still hanging from her neck, this is the pregnant cocker spaniel drowned in a river by a heartless thug.

The tragic pet's body was spotted by people out walking their own dog.

They alerted river bailiff Martin Donovan, who rushed to the spot to pull the spaniel from the 5ft deep water before any children saw her.

Now the RSPCA is pleading for help in catching the yob responsible.

RSPCA inspector Alan Barnes said: "We're appalled by this cruelty. We'd urge anyone with information to come forward to catch whoever carried out this despicable act."

The dog was tossed into the River Test at Nursling, near Southampton.

Father-of-three Mr Donovan said: "A couple of dog walkers knocked on my door. They were worried kids might see it. They were pretty shaken up.

"If my kids saw it they'd be devastated, we've got a spaniel. I'd love to catch whoever did this." Mr Barnes added: "This was a totally inhumane way to treat an animal and if we are able to establish who did it we will not hesitate to prosecute."

Anitra Hillman, manager of the St Francis animal shelter only a mile away, said: "This crime is absolutely disgusting and despicable. The people who have done this are monsters."

In a separate attack a yob held a cat down and sliced its body from shoulders to stomach with a razor blade. But 22-month-old Charlie was stitched up by a vet and survived.

Owner Sharon Porter, a mum of three, of Melbourn, Cambs, said: "It was awful. I need to know who has done it."

-IF you know the dog or have any information, call RSPCA Inspector Barnes on 08705 555999 or the Mirror on 020 7293 2879 or email us on


POIGNANT: Dog lies dead after her body was pulled from water; VICTIM: Pregnant cocker spaniel after being recovered from river with weight attached to her lead
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Date:Oct 3, 2003
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