A COMMUNITY was left shocked as the body of a dog was found abandoned in a bin in Northop.

Jarred Livesey, Northop Community Councillor, said fly-tipping has been an issue in the area for some time but he was left 'shocked' and 'disgusted' when he came across the body of a dead dog.

The dog was left in bedding at the side of a road in a rubbish bin.

He told the Leader: "I was shocked really. It is very often we see fly-tipping up there sadly but I was shocked and saddened when I saw the dog.

"Fly-tipping has been a problem for a long time and the council put a sign up saying no fly-tipping, it's just a case of monitoring it."

Jarred said he reported the issue to Streetscene who cleared the mess and the dog's body is currently pending an investigation from a local vet.

Jarred added that although it is 'heart-breaking' and the response on social media was 'clear it had touched people's heart's', the circumstances are still unknown.

He said: "It's clear it is upsetting a lot of people but we need to remember we don't know the circumstances.

"A lot of people jump to conclusions but we need to stick to the facts, we don't know why or how yet."

Over the weekend, hundreds of people commented on Jarred's Facebook post which read: Just come across this on my walk up The Green in Northop. Absolutely disgusted. Fly-tipping is bad enough. For someone to fly-tip their dead pet dog and all it’s bedding at the side of the road in a rubbish bin is on another level. Man’s best friend? Reported to the council.

"The bin and it's contents were removed by FCC yesterday, and a vet has been informed to carry out an examination on the dog."

A spokesman for RSPCA said: “RSPCA Cymru is very saddened to hear about this incident, which would have been very distressing for the person who found this.

“It is very upsetting to think this dog’s body was just dumped in a rubbish bin on the side of the road.

“At this time we don’t know any of the circumstances behind this dog’s death or how the dog came to be at the location, so if anyone has any information about this incident please can they contact us on 0300 1234 999.

“We understand this incident has been reported to the council.”

Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Streetscene and Transportation, Steve Jones, added: “The Council takes all reports of fly tipping seriously and an investigation is underway after a dead dog was found dumped in a wheelie bin near Northop. 

"The matter has been reported to the RSPCA and the Council is appealing for information to identify the owner of the dog and would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area around the time of this incident to contact the Council or RSPCA.”