The body of a family’s 17-year-old cherished dog named Scruffy was found on Friday tied to a plant in his Brisbane backyard; the senior dog who had been hard of hearing and nearly blind had been the victim of what has been labeled by authorities as a “sickening” attack.
According to the Brisbane Times, police stated someone entered the family’s backyard in Bardon during the day and pulled a towel hanging from the clothesline to dry and tied it around the Maltese terrier’s neck.
“The dog was then bound by the towel to a plant at the rear of the dwelling where he was later located deceased,” stated the police.
The exact cause of death of the dog is unknown, but blood was found at the scene. On Monday, police launched an animal cruelty investigation asking for members of the public to come forward with any information or clues to help solve the egregious crime.
Scruffy’s owners, Cath and Liam Proberts are devastated as are the three children who grew up with Scruffy.
“Because number one, I don’t want it happening again and number two, our beloved pet met a horrific ending and number three, it’s often the start of more significant crimes,” stated Liam.
Anyone with information is asked to call Policelink on 13 14 44 or Crime Stoppers on 1-800 333 000.
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