Emaciated dog was found dead in a suitcase in Leeds cemetery

Leo was found dead inside a suitcase in a Leeds cemetery.
Leo was found dead inside a suitcase in a Leeds cemetery.

Almost every bone in this dog's body was visible when he was found dead inside a suitcase in a Leeds cemetery this week.

RSPCA inspectors said it was clear that Leo, a four-year-old bull terrier type dog, had suffered enormously before his death.

The national charity was called upon to investigate when Leo was found in a suitcase beneath some shrubs at Harehills Cemetery at 11.30am on Wednesday.

Inspector Sarah Mason said: “Leo’s emaciated body had been crammed into a black suitcase, wrapped in a towel.

“He was in a shocking state with almost every bone in his body visible. The collar he had around his neck was just hanging off him.

"When vets weighed him he was just 11.6kg, literally a skeleton of a dog.

“There’s no doubt that this poor boy suffered an enormous amount before he died.”

Leo was microchipped to an address in Newport, Gwent - more than 200 miles away from the cemetery in Kimberley Road where his body was dumped.

But when Inspector Mason called the number registered, she was told he had been rehomed six months ago via the internet.

Leo was wearing a red leather Wainwright’s collar with white stitching and was wrapped in a light grey Hugo Boss towel.

The case was all black apart from a silver logo in the shape of an infinity sign. The extended handle of the case was broken and would not retract.

There was a pair of turquoise coloured women’s pants in a pocket inside the case.

Inspector Mason said: "I want to hear from anyone who recognises Leo, or can help my investigation in any way.

"Please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”