Intruders broke into a Canberra backyard, killed the family dog and dragged its body away, police believe.
The 10-year-old german shepherd called Max disappeared from the Vogelsang Place, Flynn, property some time between 4.30am and 8.30am (AEDT) last Sunday.
His horrified owners found a trail of blood leading from their backyard to the side of their house.
“A blood trail was discovered from the rear yard and into the side yard of the residence, which indicates that the dog’s body had been dragged for a short distance, and then removed by persons unknown,” ACT Policing said in a statement.
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Police have searched the neighbourhood but have not found the dog or any witnesses.
Officers say they are not aware of any complaints having previously been made about the dog.
Anyone who saw suspicious behaviour around Vogelsang Place early on Sunday morning is urged to call Crime Stoppers.
As a personal comment I will just say that I don’t care WHAT these people (who owned the dog) did, if anything at all, or whether the dog barked all night or attacked another person’s pet or child or whatever – nothing excuses animal cruelty. I’m posting this here in hope that someone in the area and reading this site noticed something to tell the police to catch and prosecute whoever murdered this poor dog.