Abandoned dog 'strangled itself' on lead, officials believe
A DOG is thought to have strangled itself to death after being abandoned near a disused railway line in Ilkeston.
The young female, thought to be a Staffordshire Bull terrier, was found dead at Straw's Bridge.
RSPCA officers said she had been tied to railings on a very short lead which she had struggled against, causing her to choke and eventually die.
Charity inspector Sarah Gardner said: "This is a really sad case and heart-breaking to think this poor dog has strangled to death as a result of being left tied-up unattended.
"Our gut feeling is this dog has probably been abandoned overnight but, because she was on such a short rope, she has struggled and managed to get caught up and accidently strangled herself."
She was found on Monday of last week.
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