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Dog found buried alive in Redcar with nail in head

Dog X-ray Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The RSPCA said it is likely more than one person was involved in the attack

A dog was found buried alive with a nail in its head in Teesside in what the RSPCA has described as a "horrifying, cruel act".

A couple walking in Kirkleatham Woods, Redcar, heard whimpering and found the terrier-type animal in a mound of earth at about midday.

It was rushed to a vet but its injuries were so serious it had to be put down.

The RSPCA said more than one person would have been involved.

Inspector Nick Jones said: "In all my ten years working for the RSPCA, I have never known anything so horrifying and inexplicably cruel.

"It's likely more than one person was involved due to the force needed to inflict such an attack."

The dog was a white, scruffy-looking terrier type with a curly coat - possibly a Jack Russell or West Highland Terrier cross-breed - aged about seven years old.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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