Five puppies have been found dead in a lake.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after the dogs, believed to be Staffordshire bull terriers, were found in Newent Lake on Saturday, August 26 by a member of the public.
The pups were found in the water. One had been placed inside a white sock and they each still had their umbilical cord attached to their bellies.
RSPCA inspector Jon Ratcliffe, who is investigating, said it is believed the Staffies were left at the lake in the hours leading up to their discovery. The charity is appealing for information from anyone who knows who the puppies belonged to.
Mr Ratcliffe said: “This must have been a shocking discovery. I want to thank the kind-hearted caller who notified us and removed the bodies until we were able to collect them and have them examined by the vet.
“The poor puppies’ bodies were found in the water, with one placed inside a white sock. They still had their umbilical cords attached.
“We think it is likely the pups were dumped at this location in the hours of days leading up to their discovery and I am eager to speak to anyone who has any information as to who these pups may have belonged to, or if they saw anyone acting suspiciously at the location.
“Anyone with information can contact me in complete confidence through our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.”