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Last Updated: Friday, 3 October, 2003, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Dog owner's 'despicable' act
A dog owner who disposed of his dead cocker spaniel by weighing it down and dumping it in a river, has been labelled despicable by the RSPCA.

Tests have revealed the animal was already dead before a 10 kilogramme weight was strapped to the body with a harness.

The RSPCA launched an investigation after the female cocker spaniel was spotted by people walking along the River Test in Nursling, Southampton.

Police are checking footage from a nearby CCTV camera to see if the dog owner can be identified.

After the story appeared in the local Southern Daily Echo newspaper, horrified readers raised almost 2,000 to catch the culprit.

A RSPCA spokeswoman said: "Initial tests by a vet would indicate it was already dead.

"It's difficult to say any more as tests and investigations are continuing.

"Even if it died before being thrown in the water it's a despicable act and no way to dispose of an animal's body."





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