A boy and his mum have been left devastated after a dog’s paw fell out of a dumped bag which had a mutilated pup inside.
Warren spotted the red Reebok duffel bag in a park in Hucknall, Nottinhghamshire and thinking it might have money inside, picked it up.
But the 14-year-ld was shocked when a dog’s severed paw fell out and immediately called his mum, fearing a dog may be inside.
Becky Cattell, a support worker, told Nottinghamshire Live : “My son was on a bike ride with his mates and he had seen this bag which he thought might have money inside.
“He phoned me and said they thought a dog was inside and that it smelled. I went up to check and there was a dog in there.
“I just felt sick. I just thought this cannot possibly be someone’s pet.
“The dog warden and police came and they said it was a Staffy-type.
“Its front paws were not there and its face had been torn to pieces. The police said they couldn’t tell whether it was male or female because of the state it was in.”
Ms Cattell said the discovery hit particularly hard because they have two blue Staffordshire Bull Terriers themselves.
“What that dog must have gone through before it died is terrible,” she said.
“It keeps playing over in my mind, thinking ‘what happens if this person has more dogs?’ I do believe it was someone in the local area as they knew of this location.
“It is disgusting. I think it could have possibly been there for two weeks because the fur was still on.
“My son is devastated because we have two dogs of our own. I just keep telling him to try and forget about it.”
Nottinghamshire Police has now launched an investigation after Ms Cattell reported the finding.
Inspector Mark Dickson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is clearly an upsetting incident and we need to get to the bottom of what has happened.
“There is evidence that the dog was dumped some time ago. The dog, which is believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, has no microchip.
“We would like to hear from anyone in the area who knows of a dog of this breed going missing.