A refuse collector was shocked to find a dog with its throat slit dumped in a bin intended for household waste.
The gruesome discovery was made by 38-year-old Ken Simpson as he emptied recycling bins on Newmarket’s Studland’s Park estate while carrying out his work for Forest Heath District Council.
The dog, thought to belong to an American serviceman had been placed in a black bin liner and put with the recyclables.
He said: “I just saw the dog’s body and legs. I didn’t actually see the head and I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve got dogs of my own and I’d like to do exactly the same to the person who did this. I can’t understand their mentality.”
It is believed that the yellow Labrador went missing from its home shortly before being discovered in the blue bin intended for waste paper and plastics, with a post mortem of the animal confirming that it had been killed as a result of having its throat cut.
After picking up the bin, Simpson said that it felt unusually heavy. As black bags are not supposed to be deposited, he was obliged to check inside, but never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined what he was about to discover.
He immediately contacted his supervisor and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was called.
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: “This is a particularly nasty case and I would welcome any information that could help us catch whoever is responsible for this shocking act of cruelty to a defenceless animal.”
Simpson admitted that as the dog was the same colour as one of his puppies, the incident was very upsetting and he cannot help but be wary when looking inside bins now.