Animal control officers at Basildon Council are appealing for information after a puppy was found dead at Lake Meadows, Billericay.
Basildon Council’s animal control team was called in after two visitors to the park found a dead puppy by the side of the lake on Friday morning (1 July). After examination it was confirmed that the dog, thought to be a four-month-old Lurcher, had been left in the lake for around two days. It is not known whether the puppy drowned or was dead before being left in the water.
A fishing hook and line was lodged in the puppy, and animal control officers believe the body had been pulled out of the water by a fisherman.
Sarah Moran, Basildon Council’s animal control officer, said: “The body of the puppy was in a terrible condition and it is unlikely that this was an accident. It disgusts me that someone would commit such a cruel and cowardly act to a defenceless puppy. I don’t know whether this was for fun, or whether the owner simply couldn’t look after the dog, but either way it is inexcusable. There is plenty of help available to anyone who is struggling to look after their pet. If anyone has any information regarding the dog in question, I would urge them to inform the Police so that this can be stopped from happening again.”
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces a maximum £20,000 fine and, or, six months in prison under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Anyone with information should call Essex Police on 0300 333 4444.
If you need help, support or advice on looking after your pet, please call Basildon Council’s animal control team on 01268 294280.