A six-month old puppy has been found dead in a car park in Colchester.
The black and tan Chihuahua-type dog was discovered near a recreation ground in Port Lane on Saturday 7 December.
He suffered a suspected broken leg and an injury to his neck, head and right ear.
RSPCA inspector Caroline Richardson-Braun has been investigating the incident and is keen to find the owner of the dog who she understands may have only had him for a few weeks.
She said: “I really want to speak to anyone who knows where this dog has come from and find out why he was dumped with suspicious injuries.
“I do not believe he has crawled there himself and died, he appears to have been abandoned at this spot, with his blanket - he may also have still been alive when he was left, which is just heart-breaking.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”