THIS shocking image illustrates the worrying tide of animal cruelty that is sweeping Doncaster.
The body of a black Labrador - a popular family pet loved for their gentle, loyal and trusting nature - was found in woodland.
The fully-grown dog had been strangled.
RSPCA inspector, Jo Taylor, said: “This dog was deliberately killed and we want to know who by.
“He was a big dog and it will have taken a lot of effort to do this to him.
“It seems likely that two people were involved in his death.
“This dog suffered an awful death. If you think you can help please get in touch.”
The dog was found by a dog walker in Womersley, north of Askern, where it is thought to have lain undiscovered for two or three days.
A lead made of red and black striped material with a silver swivel hook had been looped round its neck
Unfortunately, the dog was not wearing a collar or idenitity tag and was not microchipped, so the RSPCA has no way of contacting the owner.
An RSPCA spokesman added: “We think the dog is probably about eight to ten years old. We are unsure whether it was the owner or if the dog had been stolen.” Anyone with information should call the RSPCA 24 hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Taylor.