A dog is believed to have been locked in a suitcase which was then weighed down with bricks and thrown into a lake in Northamptonshire.

The RSCPA believe 8-year-old Alexis, a Cane Corso Italian Mastiff, was left to die in a lake in Corby sometime before 6am on Thursday (Feb 27).

A local resident found her in poor health on a playing field in Pen Green Lane.

The RSPCA sent out a warden who found a red suitcase with bricks just 30 metres from where she was found.

Red suitcase Credit: RSPCA

It seems too much of a coincidence to find the dog wet and then to find a suitcase nearby with bricks so we believe she was dumped in the water in this way.

Inspector Ann Bennett, RSCPA
Where Alexis was abandoned Credit: RSPCA

Alexis was found to be severely underweight - she had a large tumour, arthritis and a chest infection. Vets found she had been microchipped and are now trying to find the address she was registered at.

She was so lethargic she didn’t have the energy to eat and had to be hand-fed and obviously she must have been terrified."

Ann Bennett
Alexis in recovery Credit: RSPCA

Alexis is currently recovering from her ordeal at the RSPCA’s Newbrook Animal Hospital.

The RSPCA are appealing for information to find the person responsible.