Police appeal after lurcher found dead

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POLICE are appealing to members of the public to come forward with information after a large lurcher dog was found dead on farmland at the bottom of Pendle Hill.

The dog was found by a farmer at around 9am on Tuesday morning in his field in Roughlee.

The dog had no visible injuries and police believe it may be connected to poachers.

Force Wildlife Crime Officer Mark Thomas said: “It would appear that the dog has been worrying a sheep which has escaped from a neighbouring field.

“The sheep is being treated for a bite mark but the dog has no injuries, which leads me to believe it may have been strangled.

“Unfortunately the dog is not microchipped so I’d appeal to anybody that has any information about how the dog came to be in the field, or who it belongs to, to call police on 101.”