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Police seek blue van in dog death
Sulby reservoir - picture courtesy of the Isle of Man government
The dog was found near the water
Police investigating the death of a dog want to track down the occupants of a blue van seen in the area of Sulby Reservoir on Sunday afternoon.

A 2,500 reward has also been offered after the dog, which had its muzzle bound and legs tied, was found dead at the side of the Isle of Man reservoir.

The attack on the two-year-old chocolate-coloured Labrador has been described as "barbaric" by Manx Police.

The dog had been thrown down a 30ft (9m) embankment near Sulby Reservoir.

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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