Mutilated sheep carcass stuffed in charity collection bin

The carcass of a butchered sheep was found dumped in a supermarket charity donation bin in a ‘shocking and bizarre’ discovery.

The remains of the animal were found by workers emptying a Salvation Army charity container at a Tesco supermarket in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, on August 13.

RSPCA officers are now appealing for information in an attempt to find the culprits, StokeonTrentLive reports.

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The remains of the animal were wrapped in bin bags, and workers initially thought it was a dog.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe attended the scene, and instead found the mutilated body of a sheep inside the bag – with the insides of the butchered farm animal clearly visible.

It is not known why someone chose to dump the sheep’s body into the donation bin – although it may be that the location of the bins in a corner of the supermarket car park was considered hidden from view.

An appeal for information has now been launched in the hope anybody with information about who dumped the sheep in the donation bin will come forward.

The RSPCA is appealing for information (stock image)

Ms Leafe said: “This was a shocking and bizarre discovery – and clearly something untoward has happened here.

“The poor sheep’s body was found butchered and severely mutilated. The smell was absolutely horrendous. Perhaps someone had got the meat they wanted from the sheep and then wanted to get rid of the body.

“It beggars belief anyone thought it acceptable to dump an animal’s body in a charity bin like this. Sadly, it acts as a reminder how little regard some people have for animals – and charitable donations.

“We are unclear why anyone would do this – though the charity bin is in a quiet corner of a Tesco car park, and could be considered hidden from view.

“Anyone with information about this incident can contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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