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Missing dog found dead in suitcase in Sheffield

Prince the Jack Russell Image copyright RSPCA/Jasmine Jade Ruby Armstrong
Image caption Prince went missing on Saturday night

A dog which went missing on Bonfire Night has been found dead in a suitcase on the side of the road in Sheffield.

Twelve-year-old Jack Russell Prince disappeared from the home of his owner's friend in Raby Street, Tinsley, late on Saturday.

He was found dumped near some garages, within half a mile of where he went missing.

The RSPCA is appealing for information to trace the driver of a dark-coloured car seen in the area early on Tuesday.

Warning: Some readers might find the image that follows distressing

As part of its appeal, it released a photograph of Prince's body inside the suitcase.

Image copyright RSPCA/Jasmine Jade Ruby Armstrong
Image caption The RSPCA said it was appealing for information as to why Prince had been put in a suitcase and dumped

Inspector Sandra Dransfield said a witness had described seeing a man get out of a car and leave something in the bottom of a hedge.

She said: "It wasn't until it was getting light that she [the witness] realised it was a blue suitcase and went to investigate. She found Prince inside.

"Whilst there are no obvious signs of trauma to Prince - he literally just looked as though he was asleep - but the way in which he was found is suspicious."

The find comes after Prince's owner, Jasmine Jade Ruby Armstrong, launched a campaign on social media to find him.

Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The charity said he was found in a blue suitcase with a Marco Polo badge in a garage area near St Lawrence Road

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