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Abandoned dog found tied to post is shot dead in Hartlepool

The dog had been tied to a telegraph post Photo: GAZETTE MEDIA

A dog has been shot dead after it was found tied to a telegraph post in the freezing cold.

Cleveland Police launched an urgent appeal to find the owner of the animal after it was discovered in Hartlepool on January 21.

Despite a joint effort from agencies including the RSPCA and veterinary professionals to try to calm the German Shepherd-type dog, police said a decision was made to destroy it.

“The decision to destroy the dog has not been taken lightly and this was the very last course of action that we wanted to take,” a spokesperson for Cleveland Police said.

“All attempts to calm the dog failed. Vets advised that they were unable to sedate the dog due to not being able to approach it and not having equipment to sedate from a distance. Unfortunately veterinary professionals advised that the dog could not be re-homed due to its aggressive behaviour.

“The decision taken, in conjunction with the RSPCA and veterinary professionals, was that the kindest thing to do for the dog would be to destroy it.

“This has been a difficult decision and one that we had hoped we wouldn’t have to make.”

– Cleveland Police

“This was a police-led operation and it was extremely distressing for everyone involved.

“Police called a number of organisations to assist and the agencies worked together for hours to try to rescue the dog.

“Unfortunately, the dog was too aggressive to approach and vets advised police that it would not be possible to safely tranquillise the dog and the vet further advised that euthanising the dog was sadly the kindest option.

“The RSPCA believes that abandoning any dog is totally unacceptable.

“Any information about who might have done this, please contact the Hartlepool Police, quoting log number CVP/18/011857.”

– RSPCA spokesperson