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Burnt body of 'fighting' dog found in North Yorkshire

A burnt body of an American bulldog, thought to have been used in dog fighting, has been found in a North Yorkshire town.

The un-neutered male dog was found in Sherburn-in-Elmet by a member of the public walking his dogs in woodland off Laith Staid Lane on Monday.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said the find was a "horrendous sight".

Inspectors are now appealing for help in tracing the dog's owner.

RSPCA inspector Gill Corder said the dog had been microchipped but the person who the microchip was registered to had since given the animal away.

The dog's subsequent owner had also done the same.

Ms Corder said: "From speaking to them we know that the dog was called Duke. He was white and grey and aged about two years old.

"His last-known owner was a man called Alan from the Harehills area of Leeds. We want to hear from anyone who can help put us in touch with him as a matter of urgency."

Puncture wounds

She said the dog's coat had almost gone and he had blood coming from his mouth, when he was found.

There were puncture wounds on his legs and an injury to his face.

She said: "He had extensive bruising to his stomach. It seems very likely that he's been used for dog-fighting."

It is believed the dog had been set on fire where he was found, probably some time on Sunday.

Ms Corder said it appeared he had been laid on the ground and had the fire built around him. It is not known whether he was still alive at the time, or not.

Anyone with any specific information should call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line.

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