Dead dog left rotting for days near Leeds beauty spot

Otley Chevin.

Otley Chevin.

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The body of a dead dog was left to rot in a car park near a Leeds nature reserve for several days, despite calls to the authorities.

The Rottweiler, which was wrapped in clear plastic sheeting or a large plastic bag, is thought to have been dumped in the car park opposite The Royalty on Otley Chevin on Saturday, September 3

A number of members of the public were said to have alerted the police since Monday when the bag began to smell and attract flies.

Professional dog walker Nikki Russell said she was upset to find the remains were still there on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m appalled by the casual way this animal was discarded like a piece of junk with nobody in authority seeming to care,” she said.

“Naturally most car park users assumed it was a bag of household waste left by fly tippers. But by Monday there was a terrible smell and a plague of flies.

“To my knowledge at least four people called the police, probably many more but nothing was done until Wednesday evening when the police attended,

“This is a very popular local beauty spot and attraction for families. Surely dealing with this should have been a priority?”

She said she hoped the remains would be checked for a chip to help trace the owners.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said the force had responded appropriately.

“An officer attended after the initial call and contacted the council to remove the animal remains,” he said.

“While we recognise the concerns of those who called, we are keen to remind people that our primary focus is on safeguarding vulnerable people, keeping our communities safe and reducing crime.”

A council spokesman said arrangements had been made to remove the remains on Thursday morning.

He said the dog had been chipped and the RSPCA would be notified.

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