A dog has been hanged by a metal chain just yards away from a primary school.
The body of a male Staffie/Mastiff cross was discovered by a member of the public hanging by a chain which had been tied to a railing 15 feet above the street.
The grim discovery was made in Bishop Close, Dudley, close to Kates Hill Primary School.
RSPCA inspector Dave McCartney attended the scene after a member of the public reported what they described as a ‘dog nailed to a wall’.
The RSPCA received the report of the dog shortly after 2am on Saturday, and police attended shortly after followed by inspector McCartney.
The dog, which is estimated to be between one and two-years-old, was not microchipped and it is not known who the animal belongs to. The dog’s body was removed by the inspector and taken away, pending further investigations.
Inspector McCartney said: “There is no doubt that this was a deliberate act. Whoever has done this has lowered the dog over the fence and pulled the chain up and fixed it to the railings above.
“We won’t know all of the physical details about this dog’s death until after the post-mortem results come in, but there is no doubt in my own mind that this dog would have suffered.
“We want to find the owner, but we also really need to find whoever was responsible for killing this dog in such an horrific way.”
Anyone with any information about who the dog belongs to, or who may be responsible for the dog’s death, is urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.