Gardaí are investigating a suspected incident of animal cruelty following the discovery of a dead dog in Clondalkin in Dublin.
The DSPCA says the decapitated dog was found on Coolveen Green on Monday, March 28th, and is described as a large tan male un-neutered bull terrier type.
An examination of the animal by the DSPCA found a microchip, which they say will help in the investigation.
The DSPCA says it's believed the dog was killed elsewhere no longer than two days prior to the discovery before being transported in a vehicle.
Both the DSPCA and the gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
Commenting on the discovery, a DSPCA spokesperson said "we really need to find out what happened to this animal.
"It is a disgraceful way to treat any animal and the fact that its head is missing is even more disturbing."