Appeal after dogs dumped in River Bann in act of animal cruelty
An appeal has been made to trace those responsible for dumping three badly injured dogs in the River Bann in what has been described as an apparent act of animal cruelty.
Members of the public spotted the carcass of three terrier-type dogs in the river between Banbridge and Gilford.
A USPCA welfare officer was able to recover the remains before they were swept downstream.
Their bodies had been badly injured and one of them had suffered traumatic head injuries.
It is not known if they were alive before being thrown in the water.
While investigations are underway to determine what happened to the animals, early indications are they may have been used in badger baiting.
The USPCA said it was appalled and has offered a £500 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution.
A spokesman said the animals had been in the water for a day.
He said: "These were three very distinct animals that were just dumped in the Bann, one had suffered a very traumatic head injury."
A statement from the USPCA added: "The immature terrier type animals were brought to the USPCA Animal Hospital at Newry where Examinations were carried out by Dr Alan Bolton the Charity’s senior veterinarian. Initial findings would suggest that at least one of the animals had suffered a significant injury.
"The USPCA is liaising with the statutory bodies empowered with enforcement of the animal welfare legislation, the PSNI and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Animal Welfare Inspectors to ensure a robust investigation takes place.
"The USPCA Trustees are appalled by this apparent act of cruelty and are offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution. This can be passed to the Charity on our Animal Helpline 028 3025 1000 and we will ensure it is acted upon."