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Mystery surrounds the discovery of two dead dogs which were found in Worcester last week. 

Val Milnes has been trying to trace the owner of a three-month-old puppy which was found dead in the pond by the County Hall on Spetchley Road, Worcester.

The deceased dog was found in the pond by Val's friend and her children last week on Wednesday, May 5.

The puppy was then taken to a vet, who confirmed its age and said it had probably only been in the pond for about 24 hours.

In a separate incident, two days later, the body of a dog was believed to have been pulled from the Worcester to Birmingham canal between locks 10 and 11 after being found on Friday, May 7.

One theory put forward by Val was that the dog which was found by the canal could have been a victim of a dog fighting incident.

She said: "This is a heartbreaking event, someone must be missing the puppy.

"The worst thing would be if someone has deliberately put him in there, I know there are some cruel people around but I can't imagine why they would do this.

"The other dog, pulled out of the canal, is a very light colour and its body looks like it has a lot of bruising and cuts, and it’s possible that the dog has been used as a bait dog for dog fighting, although I have no idea whether that is the case.

"The dog must have been in the canal for some time."

The Worcester News has been sent a picture of the dog found by the canal but we have chosen not to publish it due to its graphic nature.

The RSPCA said they haven't received any had any reports relating to these incidents.

A spokeswoman for West Mercia police said they were informed the body of a dog had been found by the canal near Perdiswell Leisure Centre and the matter had been referred to the local authority.

A county council spokeswoman said: “We are aware that the body of a dog was sadly recovered from one of the ponds at County Hall.

“We will support any investigations that may arise should we be contacted to do so by relevant authorities.”