Paper, cardboard cartons, eggshells, a slew of filthy nappies, and a large amount of rotten food were amongst countless other items found in a wheelie bin by police searching for missing animals in Coventry.
The officers from West Midlands police have been routinely searching household waste for over a week now, in the hope of finding thousands of animals reported missing by concerned pet owners across the county. So far, only a donkey and the remains of former racehorse, Shergar, have been discovered.
One of the officers in the investigation, PC Constable, said:
"It's disgusting some of the things we found. People should be ashamed of themselves. Rubbish of this kind should be properly-disposed of, and not just slung in a wheelie bin. It really is a disgrace!"
The owners of the property where the rubbish was found were taken into custody for questioning, but were later released without charge.
There was a silver lining for PC Constable last night, though. He told us:
"It wasn't a complete waste of time. I did find a few good mucky books!"