RSPCA chiefs are searching for new owners for two dogs they suspect were used for ‘cruel illegal activities’.
The male bull lurcher cross dogs were found tied up by police at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday at 2.30pm.
A patrol car saw a man tie them up and run away before officers tended to the animals.
They called RSPCA North Staffordshire, which covers Uttoxeter, and the dogs were taken away to be inspected.
The black and white and ‘goldy-white’ pooches, named Domino and Doodle respectively by RSPCA officers, bore physical signs they were involved in badger baiting.
The charity’s Laura Bryant, one of the officers dealing with Domino and Doodle, said new owners will be sought for the dogs after spending some time in an RSPCA animal home.
She said: “The dogs were dumped on Uttoxeter Racecourse when a police patrol car saw the man panic, tie them up and run off.
“They have a lot of muzzle scarring and Domino has fresh injuries under his jaw.
“From the amount of scarring and breed types I would suspect these dogs have been used for badger baiting or other such cruel illegal activities.”
Ms Bryant told the Advertiser that, although Domino and Doodle are likely to have been used for illegal activities, they have been ‘friendly’.
She said: “Doodle and Domino are friendly with people and like having their bellies scratched.
“They have been friendly with other dogs also.
“The plan is to get them into one of our animal homes.
“Then we can see if we can re-home them with someone who would be used to large hunting-type dogs.”
Anyone who recognises the dogs, has any information about them or is interested in offering them a home, they have been asked to call RSPCA North Staffordshire on 0300 1234999.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “At around 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon, two dogs were found after being abandoned by their owner.
“At this moment in tiem, we don’t have any information to positively identify who the owner was.
“After officers found them, the dogs were taken to kennels in Uttoxeter.
“The RSPCA have now taken them and will deal with them from here.”