A dead dog has been found dumped in a suitcase near a recycling centre.
Police made the grim discovery in Braintree, Essex.
The body of a white English Bull Terrier was stuffed inside the dark grey suitcase.
Officers found it at around 12.50pm on Monday afternoon on an industrial estate.
Animal welfare charity the RSPCA is now investigating.
The Braintree district of Essex Police is urging anyone with information to get in touch.
The force shared a Facebook post about the discovery in an appeal for help.
It read: “A dark grey suitcase was found at 1249hrs at the end on Springwood Drive #Braintree near the recycling centre.
“Inside the suitcase was a deceased white English bull terrier dog – this is now being investigated by RSPCA.
“If anyone has any information please contact us via email.”
The RSPCA has been contacted for comment.
It comes as hundreds of dogs bought during lockdown have been abandoned by owners struggling to cope.
Charities say pet owners are handing them over to rescue centres or reselling them as they can't afford to look after them or don't have the time.
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Lockdown last year led to a huge demand for puppies from adults spending more time at home.
Prices of the most popular breeds soared as people worked from home and were furloughed.
The Dogs Trust has warned of a double whammy this year of dogs being dumped after Christmas and lockdown.
It received calls from more than 1,800 people during the past three months who wanted to hand over dogs aged under one.
The charity’s boss Owen Sharp said: “We’re predicting our services will be needed more than ever in the coming months due to the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.”
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