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23rd Apr 2024

Horror as rescuers in Tyrone discover dog’s body in river tied to weights

Joseph Loftus

Warning: Sensitive Content

Divers in Tyrone have shared their heartbreak after discovering a dog’s body in a local river tied down with weights.

The Tyrone Underwater Search and Recovery team said in a Facebook post that they were recently on patrol by the Blackwater River when they were flagged down by local fishermen who claimed to have seen something suspicious in the water.

When divers investigated they discovered a dog had been “anchored down” with weights, reports Belfast Live.

The incident was subsequently reported to the PSNI who recovered the dog from the water.

In a statement, the Tyrone Underwater Search and Recovery team wrote: “During a patrol over the weekend at the Moy Bridge the team were flagged down by local fishermen that had noticed something strange in the water.

“Upon investigation by two of our divers, unfortunately a dog had been found anchored down. As you can imagine any life lost is deeply upsetting and as fellow dog owners amongst the team, this one hurts just as a much as an every other life.”

They added: “Thank you to the fishermen that highlighted this to us – it has been reported to the PSNI who with a speedy call to action have been able to recover the little dog. Thank you for your services.

“Let’s make this world a little less cruel.”

The PSNI have said that they are currently investigating the reports.

Sergeant Stewart said: “Officers received a report that the dog was found weighted down in the water shortly after 3.45pm on Saturday, April 20th.

“The dog was removed from the water and has been taken to a vet. A post-mortem will be carried out in due course. We are engaging with the local animal welfare officers in the council.

“Our enquiries are underway and anyone who noticed anything suspicious is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1075 of 20/04/24.

“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via”

Main image via Tyrone Underwater Search and Recovery

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