No foul play in Bidston Hill burned dog case

The RSPCA has concluded its investigation into the case of a female dog found burned at Bidston Hill and has confirmed that the dog had been taken to a vet by her owner and had been humanely put to sleep due to ill health prior to being found.

The RSPCA said that vets will be able to provide information or make arrangements for a pet to be cremated and some local cemeteries have sections for the burial of pets.

The RSPCA advise people to contact their local authority or local veterinary practice for advice on how to dispose of the body when a pet sadly dies. If you wish to bury your pet in your garden, you should contact your local council’s environmental health department who can give you guidance. 

The dog was buried in a very shallow grave in the woods but was likely moved by other animals. The RSPCA has thanked the local community for their concerns, confirmed the owner cooperated fully, and ruled out deliberate cruelty.

An RSPCA spokesperson said, “The RSPCA has been investigating a very distressing incident involving a female dog who was found burnt at Bidston Hill in Merseyside.

“Following extensive enquiries, the charity has been able to establish conclusively that the dog had been taken to a vet by her owner and had been humanely put to sleep – prior to being found – because of ill health.

“She was subsequently buried in the woods but then likely to have been dug up and moved by other animals. 

“The RSPCA would like to thank the local community for their understandable concerns about this upsetting incident. We’d like to reassure people that her owner cooperated fully with us and deliberate cruelty has been ruled out. Our thanks also go to Pawprints and Merseyside Police for their assistance.

“Our officers will always investigate cases of suspected animal cruelty and the public continue to be our eyes and ears. Anyone who has concerns about an animal should ring our cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.”

There is also advice and support about pet bereavement on the RSPCA website


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