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Dead dog found in Plain Road is the latest in series of animal atrocities discovered in Marden, says former RSPCA volunteer

A dead dog found wrapped in plastic bags and dumped by a road in Marden is the latest in a series of animal atrocities discovered in the village.

On Friday morning a terrier's decaying remains were uncovered by walker Susan Hutt in a ditch in Plain Road, after she smelt the decomposing carcass, which was crawling with maggots.

A dead dog was found wrapped in a plastic bag in Plain Road, Marden
A dead dog was found wrapped in a plastic bag in Plain Road, Marden

It is not the first time Ms Hutt has discovered such a scene in the village, having come across several grisly finds stretching far back to 2012.

And earlier this month, the RSPCA launched an investigation after the bodies of 10 animals, including three terrier-type dogs in sealed containers, were found 10 miles away in Pembury.

Ms Hutt said: "When I found the dog on Friday I thought 'here were go again'.

"A lot of pet owners come to the countryside and think 'what an ideal place to live,' they aren't au fait with the horrors of the countryside." Ms Hutt said.

In 2012, the former city worker, who used to volunteer with the RSPCA as a dog walker, found several "beautiful golden" pheasants which had been shot and then left in the same spot the dog was found on Friday.

Plain Road in Marden, where the body of a dead dog and pheasants were discovered by Susan Hutt Picture: Google Street View
Plain Road in Marden, where the body of a dead dog and pheasants were discovered by Susan Hutt Picture: Google Street View

Then, four years later a strangled goose was found, the plastic cord still around its neck, in a pond which lies next to the village playing fields, near to Marden Pharmacy.

Last year, in the same pond, a duck which had its head severed was fished out.

"It's so unnecessary, if you want to dispose of an animal, vets will do it for you. It's so brazen.

The bodies of 10 dead animals were found in sealed boxes in Pembury, in early July
The bodies of 10 dead animals were found in sealed boxes in Pembury, in early July

"It's as if they want the public to see, like they are saying, 'I have got an animal, I don't want it, this is how I dispose of it, try and do something about it if you dare.'"

As well as the police and RSPCA, Ms Hutt reported her find on Friday to Maidstone Borough Council's (MBC) environmental health team, which cleared the dog.

MBC says it receives only a "small number" of reported dead animals per year and it is "not an issue in the borough".

'It's so unnecessary, if you want to dispose of an animal, vets will do it for you...'

The RSPCA have said they don't have any reason to believe the dead dog discovered on Friday, and the 10 bodies found in Pembury are linked.

Anyone with information about the incident last week, can call the charity on 0300 1234 999.

Escaped animals, unusual finds and news from the RSPCA can all be found here.

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