Reward offered after dog found battered to death

Roxy, found dead in Lilford Park

Roxy, found dead in Lilford Park

An animal charity is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information concerning the death of a dog who was found battered in a park.

The body of Roxy, a brown bull mastiff cross, was found in a stream in Lilford Park, Leigh, on March 20, with her jaw tied shut, her nose broken, and a host of cuts and bruises covering her body.

Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: they take their issues out on whomever is available to them – human or non-human – and must be caught before they act again

Elisa Allen

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says it will offer the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

PETA associate director Elisa Allen said: “It’s imperative that any community faced with sadistic and violent acts like this take measures to find the culprits and bring them to justice.

“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: they take their issues out on whomever is available to them – human or non-human – and must be caught before they act again.”

PETA urges everyone to report any suspected cases of cruelty to animals to authorities. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Roxy was recovered by members of Neutering 4 Paws, who organised a vigil in her memory last week.

More than 100 people turned up to lay flowers in the stream where Roxy was found.

Deborah Lamb, trustee of Neutering 4 Paws, said: “We feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people that turned up to pay their respects.”

For more information about helping animals, visit PETA.org.uk.