Authorities are investigating a horrendous case of animal cruelty involving a dog found dumped at the side of the road with its mouth taped shut.
A couple stopped to discover the disturbing scene in Silverdale, in Sydney’s west, on Saturday about 11pm - the dog was barely alive and her body was covered in blood from fresh wounds.
Distressing video showed the two-year-old kelpie cross quivering as she laid on the road before being put in the car, where she sadly died on the way to the vet.
“We were able to remove the tape and get her to the vet, but she had passed away by the time we arrived,” the couple wrote in a post on Facebook.
“We at least hope in her last moments she felt some comfort and warmth.”
The woman who found the dog expressed her disgust at whoever was responsible for its horrible death, speculating she may have been the victim of a dog fighting ring.
“This is not entertainment - it is inhumane, vile and downright evil,” she wrote.
“Dogfighting is illegal in Australia, the cruel people who did this used this poor girl for repulsive reasons and could not do the decent thing of putting her to rest, instead they dumped her on the side of the road.
“These people live within our communities, we work with them, if you know them - tell someone.”
NSW Police is investigating the incident and would like to speak to the driver of a late model Toyota Hilux seen in the area that they believe may be able to assist them with their inquiries.
A post-mortem examination of the dog’s body is being conducted by RSPCA NSW to determine its cause of death and allow for the gathering of forensic evidence.
The animal charity said it was searching for the owner of the animal - which had no microchip or collar - and are calling on people who may have information about the incident to come forward.
Anyone with information can file a confidential report online or by calling the animal cruelty hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).
Alternatively, people can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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