Animal cruelty investigation launched as dead dog found

An animal cruelty investigation has been launched after a dead dog was found near River Tyne in Hebburn, Northumbria Police have confirmed.

Officers were called to the riverside near Prince Consort Road just before 6pm on Sunday, April 2, after they had received reports that a dog had been found dead.

Police attended the scene and have since launched an investigation into suspected animal cruelty.

A spokesperson for the Force said: “Shortly before 6pm on Sunday, April 2, police received a report that a deceased dog had been found near to the riverside off Prince Consort Road in Hebburn.

“The report is currently being treated as suspected animal cruelty. Enquiries are ongoing and a report will also be passed to the RSPCA."