I came across these two dead dogs whilst I was out cycling along a canal towpath in Birmingham. The first animal I happened upon In the Smethwick area of the city, it had clearly been tied-up and thrown into the canal, weighted down with blocks and drowned. The second, some weeks later, I discovered in the Witton area. I reported my finds and furthermore decided that it was important for me to document this gruesome reality.

The two creatures bore all of the injuries of having been used, illegally by people, as fighting dogs. Once surplus to requirements, these living creatures are often, as evidenced in my photographs, killed and discarded. Their wounds are extensive, as they are even missing much skin. One can only imagine in horror what might have gone on here.

I know the images are shocking, but I needed to document and share these graphic scenes.

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