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Dog fighting fears after wounded pit bull body found

The RSPCA says it is concerned about a possible dog fighting ring after the badly bitten body of a pit bull terrier was found in Buckinghamshire.

The body was found covered in blood and wrapped in a duvet in Sherington Road, Newport Pagnell, on Tuesday.

The RSPCA said the presence of old scars indicated the male dog could have been involved in illegal fighting.

Pit bulls are banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The RSPCA is appealing for information.

The dog was brindle in colour with a white muzzle, neck and chest.

'Agonising pain'

It was wearing a black leather collar with a brass buckle and silver studs on it.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

RSPCA Inspector Sue Haywood said: "It is very distressing to find the body of this dog, especially as the injuries appear to be consistent with dog fighting.

"It is really sad to think that he has been used in such a cruel way, and would have suffered an agonising amount of pain.

"I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of this dog, which was an adult unneutered male, or who may have any information as to who owned him."

The RSPCA would also like to hear from anyone who has heard of any dog-fighting related incidents in the area.

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