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Young dog found dead in suitcase in Vic

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Rachel Gray

A dog with severe head injuries has been found dead in a suitcase in a Melbourne apartment amid a rise in extreme acts of violence towards animals.

The one-year-old Husky had suffered blunt-force head trauma before it was stuffed into the suitcase this week, RSPCA Victoria said on Wednesday.

It is unclear if the dog was already dead when disposed of but the RSPCA is interviewing witnesses and arranging an autopsy.

"The dog was dead by the time it was discovered," the animal welfare group says.

RSPCA Victoria prosecution co-ordinator Daniel Bode says charges were expected "shortly" but the investigation could take another month.

Mr Bode says there has been an alarming trend of extreme acts of violence towards animals.

"There are no circumstances under which it is acceptable for pet owners to take it upon themselves to violently end an animal's life," he said.

He said if pet owners can't manage then the RSPCA Victoria will take any animal, no questions asked.

The RSPCA expects to know before the end of October whether the Husky's owners committed any crime.

In May, a Staffordshire puppy died on the operating table after being found with multiple broken bones believed to be the result of a beating.

Culprits of animal cruelty face up to two years in prison and $75,000 in fines.

"Animals feel pain as we feel pain, we need to treat them with respect" Mr Bode told reporters.

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