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Dog-fighting link to Aberdeenshire bull terrier killing

Dead dog
Image caption The male bull terrier-type dog was found in a lay-by close to New Deer

The death of a dog in Aberdeenshire may be linked to a dog-fighting ring, the Scottish SPCA has said.

The male bull terrier-type dog was found by a member of the public in a lay-by close to New Deer.

The Scottish SPCA said the dog had been killed by a "blunt trauma", possibly to hide evidence.

Ch Supt Mike Flynn, from the charity, said: "We believe a serious and organised dog-fighting ring is operating in north Aberdeenshire."

He added: "The information we have suggests this dog may have been used for fighting and it may be it was dumped in an attempt to hide the evidence.

"This is a serious case of cruelty and we are keen to find the person responsible for this dog's extremely painful and violent death.

"He was light brown with a white chest and did not have a collar or microchip."

Anyone with information can call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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