TWO children were left shocked after finding two dead dogs dumped on a primary school field.
The two seven-year-old boys found the animals wrapped in children’s blankets and dumped on a playing field at Brougham Primary School in Hartlepool.
Investigators say they have never heard of a case as horrifying as this before and described it as “heartbreaking” that the animals were found by two innocent children.
School chiefs say they have been left disgusted and have urged people to give information to the RSPCA which is investigating the grim find.
RSPCA officials are looking into the possibility one dog may have been starved to death and they believe those responsible may have planned to bury the animals as they had started digging a hole.
One of the dogs had been wrapped in a Dora the Explorer children’s towel, while the other was covered with a purple blanket with a cartoon elephant in one corner.
They were a black Patterdale terrier and a brindle and white-coloured lurcher-type dog.
RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer, who is investigating the find, said: “We were called just after 4pm on Saturday to Brougham Primary School where two dogs had been found dead in the school grounds.
“Two kids who had been playing found them.
“It is bad enough for us to find dead dogs, but when it is young kids without a care in the world stumbling on them, it is heartbreaking.
“It is unheard of to find two dogs like this.”
A burgundy coloured dog basket was also found nearby.
Insp Palmer believes the person dumped the animals may have been planning to bury them on the field, but were disturbed.
He said: “There was a freshly dug hole close by. I think someone started digging a hole for them to bury them in and someone disturbed them and they have gone off and left them.”
He added: “We want to know what happened to these dogs.
“I can’t think of any reasonable explanation why they have been dumped as they were.
“We want to speak to anyone who’s got any information or knows anybody who owns two dogs like these who hasn’t got them now to get in touch in the strictest confidence.”
Julie Thomas, headteacher of Brougham Primary School, said: “We were shocked and disgusted to hear of the discovery of the dogs inside the school grounds.
“We naturally urge anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.