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3 March 2011, 06:00 | Updated: 9 March 2011, 16:36
The RSPCA has told Heart that it's seen a 750 percent increase in reports of dog-fighting over a five year period.
In 2004 there were 24 reports, but that figure rose to 204 in 2009.
It follows an appeal from the charity after the body of a dog was found with fighting injuries in Newport Pagnell.
RSPCA inspector Sue Haywood believes the wounds found on the animal’s body were consistent with him being in a fight.
The dog, which is believed to be a pit bull terrier, a breed banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dog Act, was found in Sherington Road on Sunday February 13th.
The dog’s body was found wrapped in a duvet and covered in blood.
The dog was brindle in colour with a white muzzle, neck and chest, he was also found wearing a black leather collar with a brass buckle and silver studs on it.
Inspector Haywood's been telling Heart said: “It is very distressing to find the body of this dog, especially as the injuries appear to be consistent with dog-fighting.
“The dog also had old scars to his body, which leads us to believe that it had been involved in other fights prior to his death.
“It is just really sad to think that he has been used to in such a cruel way, and would have suffered an agonising amount of pain.
“I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of this dog, which was an adult unneutered male, or who may have any information as to who owned him.”
Inspector Haywood would also like to hear from anyone who has heard of any dog-fighting related incidents in the area.
The dog’s body has been sent away for a post mortem to be carried out.
Anyone with any information, no matter how small, is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty line in confidence on 0300 1234 999.
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.