Woman’s horror after finding dead dog 'dumped' beside road in Doncaster

A woman has spoken of her horror after finding two dogs, one of which had died, ‘dumped’ beside a road in Doncaster.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 2:03 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 12:14 pm

She claimed their appearance and the behaviour of the surviving animal suggested they may have been used as ‘bait dogs’ to blood other animals for the cruel and illegal practice of dog fighting.

Posting on the ‘Lost and found pets all Sheffield areas’ Facebook page today, Friday, January 10, Sharon Webster-Braddock wrote: “Two poor dogs look to have been dumped by the side of the road, one sadly deceased, maybe run over (older black small dog), the second one two of us tried to catch and tempt with food but unfortunately could not catch as the poor small brown dog is too afraid.“We think they may have been used as bait dogs because of this and the look of them both. It keeps running around the farmers field but may go back to the farm in the photo (building with white windows).”

She described how the dogs were found on Blacksmiths Lane near Marr, about half a kilometre from the junction with Barnsley Road at Marr Lodge.

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Blacksmiths Lane, near Marr in Doncaster, where the dogs were found (pic Google)

She told how she had to leave after she and another woman tried for nearly an hour to catch the second dog to no avail.

Another woman, Sarah Wilmott, later visited the scene and took the dead dog, which had not been microchipped, to a vet, but she told how she and a man who helped her were also unable to get hold of the surviving mutt.

She described the dead animal as a black Patterdale-type dog and said there was a leather lead at the side with a chain.

News of the dogs’ discovery sparked an angry response on Facebook.

One woman wrote: “Such evil scum out there! So sad!”

Another said ‘poor babies’, and a third described the dogs’ plight as ‘heartbreaking’.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said there was no record of anyone calling its hotline.

“Anyone with concerns about an animal's welfare can get us on 0300 1234 999 where an officer will be able to be tasked to help if appropriate,” she added.