Dead dog found inside a plastic bag in a Birkenhead bin

Plastic bag the dog was found in Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The dead dog was found in a plastic bag which had been dumped in a bin

A dead dog has been found dumped in a plastic bag decorated with the words "do not open until Christmas day".

The RSPCA said a member of the public found the bag containing the shih tzu in their green bin on Eastview Close in Prenton, Birkenhead, on Tuesday.

The female dog had suffered a broken neck, a broken leg, had extensive bruising, a prolapsed eye and multiple puncture wounds to her lower jaw and legs.

The RSPCA is appealing for information.

Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption A hoodie and red strip of carpet also found in the bag with the dead dog

Also in the bag was an extra-extra-large pink hoodie with "Discover Life Club" on the front and a strip of red carpet.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: "The injuries don't appear to be consistent with her being hit by a car.

"I am keen to find out what has happened in this little dog's final moments as it is clear she must have suffered immensely. I would urge anyone with any information to come forward."

The dog was microchipped but the microchip had not been registered, Mr Joynes said.

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