Dog saved from burning rubbish bin in North Woolwich

An investigation is under way after a dog was found dumped in a rubbish bin which was then set alight in the early hours of this morning.

The crossbreed was rescued at about 1am from the bin in Claremont Close in North Woolwich. She sustained minor burns.

She could be heard barking in panic while crews from Silvertown fire station put out the flames and pulled her out.

The dog, who is yet to be identified, was turned over to the RSPCA.

She is currently being cared for by an inspector from the charity, who will determine whether she has an owner or is a stray.

An RSPCA spokesman said they will not hesitate to prosecute the person responsible for shutting the dog in the bin.

Anyone with information should contact them on 0300 1234 999.