AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after five puppies were found drowned in a ditch.

The 'distressing discovery' was made by a member of the public who spotted the dead dogs near Swerford, near Chipping Norton.

It is believed the Border Collie pups were about eight to 10 weeks old when they were drowned before being found on Wednesday, February 6.

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The RSPCA is now investigating and calling for information about the 'appalling' act.

Inspector Andy Eddy, who is leading the investigation for the animal welfare charity, said: "This was an extremely distressing discovery.

"These poor puppies were found in a ditch near Swerford and taken to a vets in Oxfordshire, who believe they may have been drowned before their bodies were dumped.

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"This is an appalling incident which will no doubt shock and sicken people living in the area. The puppies were all border collies and are thought to be around eight to ten weeks old.

"Anyone with information can contact me in complete confidence through our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018."