Dumping of dogs horrifies RSPCA

ABANDONED -- one of the Hungarian Vizslas that was rescued.
ABANDONED -- one of the Hungarian Vizslas that was rescued.

THE RSPCA is investigating after rare-breed dogs were found mysteriously dumped at three locations, including Newstead Abbey.

Inspectors want the public’s help after the Hungarian Vizslas were rescued at the beauty spot in the same week as other dogs from the same breed were found washed up dead in Lincolnshire and abandoned in Newark.

Although the RSPCA cannot directly link the two outrages, officers say it is a strange coincidence that dogs of this breed have been found at different locations in such a short space of time.

Reports of two Hungarian Vizslas abandoned in Newstead Abbey Park were received when a member of the public saw a silver 4x4 vehicle pull up. The dogs were thrown out of the vehicle before the driver sped away.

The two dogs — one male and the other female — are about six months old. They were extremely nervous and jumpy when they were collected by RSPCA inspector Chris Shaw.

They were taken to the RSPCA’s animal shelter at Radcliffe-on-Trent, where they are currently being cared for.

The following day, inspectors in Lincolnshire were called to the Lade Bank Pumping Station in New Leake after workers there discovered the bodies of two dead female dogs, which had washed up together.

The dogs were between four to six months old and it is thought they had been in the water for about two days.

Twenty-four hours later, the RSPCA was called to the same location after two more bodies of the same breed of dog were found. The dogs were the same size and similar age.

Alarmingly, two more Hungarian Vizslas were found dumped in the Farndon Road area of Newark on Wednesday last week. They were tied to a ‘For Sale’ sign.

The dogs were both female and about five months old. They are currently being cared for by fosterers.

Insp Shaw said: “Like my colleagues in Lincolnshire, I am completely puzzled.

“We very rarely have to deal with Hungarian Vizslas because they are a rare bred and one which people will pay a lot of money for, which makes it more curious that someone would dump them.

“The RSPCA is clearly very keen to hear from anyone who may have owned any of these dogs, or perhaps knows of a breeder who has suddenly got rid of dogs of this description and age in a short space of time.

“We need to know why all these dogs have suddenly been dumped, and we hope the public can help us in our appeal.

“These are blatant cases of animal cruelty and we would urge anyone with information to contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”