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Stabbed dog's body recovered from Bedfordshire river

The body of a dog covered in stab wounds has been found tied up and weighted down in a Bedfordshire river.

The large tan Dogue de Bordeaux was found on Sunday in the River Ouse, near the Great North Road in Chawston.

His front legs had been tied together with a blue rope attached to a concrete block and his back legs were also tied together and attached to another block.

Despite the combined 40kg (6st 4lb) weight of concrete blocks, the dog's body had floated to the surface.

It was spotted at about 03:00 BST by fishermen who managed to retrieve the body using a tractor, as the dog weighed more than 75kg (11st 11lb).

'Gruesome discovery'

Once the body had been brought to land, about ten wounds were found in its right side, including some to the abdomen and two in the chest cavity.

A preliminary post-mortem examination has been carried out to ascertain the exact cause of death, but it has proved inconclusive as to whether or not the dog was still alive when he was thrown into the water.

Further tests are due to be carried out.

It is thought that the dog had been in the water for at least three days, and must have been put into the river quite close by as there is a weir half a mile upstream, which the body would not have been able to float through.

RSPCA inspector Chris Nice said: "This was a really gruesome discovery.

"We don't yet know if the dog died before he was put into the water, but either way he suffered a horrible, violent death and we desperately need to know who is behind this.

"He was a huge dog, even by breed standards, weighing almost 30kgs more than the minimum weight for this type of dog even allowing for decomposition, so he could not have been manually carried to the river.

"So, if anyone recognises the dog's description or saw someone with a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area we need to hear from them."

The dog was not wearing a collar but was microchipped. The chip details gave his name as Angus and revealed that he was two years old.

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