Gardaí and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) have launched an investigation after the body of a dog was found dumped in a bin shed beside apartments in south Dublin.
Officers said the dog, a large tan male un-neutered bull terrier, was found decapitated.
The animal’s remains were removed to the DSPCA shelter in Rathfarnham and were examined by a veterinary team, who found a microchip which they said will help the investigation.
A cause of death has not yet been identified but the DSPCA said the animal had been dead for no more than two days.
A spokesperson for the DSPCA has described the incident as disgraceful and disturbing, and gardaí are asking anyone with information to contact Clondalkin Garda station.