Graphic images warning: Horror discovery after skinned animals dumped in South Yorkshire woods

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after the bodies of skinned animals were found in a small wooded area in South Yorkshire.

Sunday, 25th October 2020, 2:31 pm

The bodies of two dogs and a rodent were discovered dumped in a copse at Washfield Lane, Rotherham, on Saturday, October 24.

RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley described the scene as a ‘really shocking sight’.

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The RSPCA has launched an investigation after skinned animals were found in South Yorkshire.

“Members of the public contacted our emergency line after a horror discovery in a small area of trees near Treeton Dike,” she said.

“The bodies are completely skinned and have been dumped in a pile beside a black bin bag liner.

“What’s not clear is whether the bodies have been dumped together in the bag and then dragged out and predated on by wildlife, or whether they were skinned before being dumped in this area.

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after skinned animals were found in South Yorkshire. Photo: RSPCA.

“It’s a really shocking sight and I’m extremely concerned that these animals may have suffered before their untimely deaths so I’d like to hear from anyone with any information.”

Jennie believes the bodies to be that of two dogs and a rodent - perhaps a rat - but said it’s difficult to tell because of the state of the corpses.

“I can barely tell what species the bodies are let alone any further details like their breed, so we’re in the dark and could really do with the support of the public.

“From the minor traces of fur left on the dogs’ feet, I believe one was black in colour and the other was cream.”

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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