A FRENCH bulldog was tied to the back of a vehicle and forced to run until she was dragged to her death, the RSPCA has revealed.
RSPCA inspectors are hunting for the barbaric thugs responsible after the helpless dog’s body was found in Bootle, Merseyside, on Monday.
Shocking pictures show how the two-year-old female was found still tied to a long piece of wire in the middle of the road.
Her injuries suggest that the defenceless animal was forced to run along with the vehicle until she could no longer keep up and was dragged along the street.
RSPCA Inspector Joanne McDonald said that it appeared as though the dog had recently given birth to a litter of puppies.
Ms McDonald added: “I believe someone has tied the dog to a vehicle and then drove along dragging this poor pet to her death.
“There is skin missing on her feet and it looks as though she has run along to try and keep up with the moving vehicle until she was no longer able to.
“There are also wounds on her body which must have happened when she was unable to keep on her feet. The collar is also up on her head suggesting she has been pulled along.
“This is a most barbaric and cruel act – this poor young dog must have been terrified and suffered horrendously during this horrific incident
“I really want to find who did this and I am hoping the public may be able to help provide me with the information I need.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen this incident take place to come forward as they may have vital information which could identify who did this.
“I am also keen to identify the dog’s owner and am hoping someone will recognise the dog and be able to provide me with this information.”
The dog was micro chipped but the details were not up to date.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.