An ‘urgent’ fundraiser has been launched to help find out what happened to a dog which was found dead in woodland.
The animal, said to be a seven-year-old cross called Benson, was found on a footpath near a children’s play area in Lewes last Wednesday (November 21).
There were marks and blood on his face and it is believed he had died days previously as his body had started to decompose.
The RSPCA and Lewes council were made aware and an investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, a local animal charity has organised a post mortem and toxicology report to be conducted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London, to help find out what happened to the bull mastiff and American boxer cross.
But the costs add up to more than £1,000 – so it is asking for the public’s help in an online fundraiser.
The Go Fund Me page says, “Benson was a gentle seven-year-old cross, who was scared of small dogs and ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’.
“He was dumped there, in broad daylight, some days after his death, as his body was starting to bloat and the smell was horrendous.
“His face was bloodied, his harness and lead were still attached, but there were no other visible signs of injury.”
The organiser said they spoke to Benson’s previous owner to get information about the dog.
They said, “I didn’t know Benson in life but, one week later, I am still in complete shock at the cruel way he was dumped, where children playing or coming out of school could so easily have been the first to find him.
“So many questions rattle around in my head, and the heads of many now, that will never be answered without pursuing the truth.
“Please help us get justice for Benson.”
Visit the fundraiser page at www.gofundme.com