The body of a dog has been found with its legs bound by its own lead, on the banks of the Lune Estuary.
The grim discovery was made by a member of the public close to the Snatchems area of Morecambe on Saturday February 19.
Lancaster City Council was notified of the findings and the body was removed and taken to White Lund Depot for further examination by the council’s dog wardens.
A spokesman said: “It seemed likely that the dog, which appeared to be a Bull Terrier type, died as a result of drowning after having its legs tied together by its own lead before being thrown into the water. The dog was not wearing an identity tag or chipped.
“If anyone has any information which might lead to the identity of the dog or its owner, they should contact the council’s Dog Warden Service on 01524 582935.”
The RSPCA has been notified.