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'Terrible death' for dog hanged from tree in Bradford park

Rope hanging from tree Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The dog was found hanging from the tree by a member of the public

A seemingly otherwise healthy dog was found hanged from a tree in a public park, the RSPCA has said.

The "horrifying discovery" in Brackenhill Park, Bradford, was made by a member of the public last week.

The dog, described as a dark brindle and white bull breed, aged between one and two, had a broken neck and bruising, the charity said.

"There seems no doubt this dog has suffered a terrible death," Inspector Sarah Bagley said.

She described it as one of the worst cases she has ever dealt with.

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"Three pieces of rope have been tied together, one end tied around his neck, and hoisted over a tree branch and tied to another branch."

"The vet who has examined him believes he has died as a result of hanging," she said.

According to the RSPCA, the dog was found in a clearing in the woods on 6 September close to a burnt out barbeque and sofa cushions.

Inspectors have appealed for anyone with information about the incident, or the dog's owner, to contact them as a matter of urgency.

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