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Reward to catch Labrador abuser
Sulby reservoir - picture courtesy of the Isle of Man government
The dog was found near the water
A 2,500 reward is being offered after a dog which had its muzzle bound and legs tied together was found dead at the side of a reservoir.

The chocolate-coloured Labrador had been bound with duct tape and thrown down a 30ft (9m) embankment near Sulby Reservoir on the Isle of Man.

Its body was found on Monday. Police on the island have described the attack on the two-year-old dog as "barbaric".

Police are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

However, early indications show that the animal was healthy prior to death and had recently been fed.

Police are trying to ascertain whether the dog was dead before it was thrown down the embankment, if it died from injuries sustained after landing at the bottom or whether it drowned and was washed up on the side of the reservoir.

The reward has been offered by Tower Insurance. The firm's managing director, David Stacey, said: "If there is such a dreadful person around, they need to be found."

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