17-year-old family pet Scruffy killed in ‘sickening’ attack

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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27 replies
  1. Olga says:

    I’m so sad for you’re tragic loss evil people repent your days are numbered and you shall reap what you sow more than you sow later than you sow

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  2. Red says:

    There has to be someone who saw something or knows something….. this is just a horrific way for a elderly family pet to pass. FIND THE MONSTER who did this and lock the away indefinitely!

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  3. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Of course, my first reaction is just why the h*** was a senior dog who was blind/deaf left alone in his yard? Where was the family? That this could happen without anyone in the family seeing or hearing something, it seems the dog was left – unattended and totally alone – in his yard. My dogs are younger and can see and hear, but I still watch them closely when they are in my yard. Poor Scruffy didn’t deserve this, and I do feel for the family. However, I don’t hold the family without some fault in the matter. In this day and age, NO pet is safe left alone in a yard. Heck, they aren’t even safe inside your home (several cases of robbers killing the family dog just in the past week or so).

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    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      Never leave your pet unattended! A dog isn’t a lawn ornament! There are too many dangers awaiting an unsupervised dog. People are idiots!

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    • Nancy Raymond says:

      I completely agree with you, Linda, to leave a 17 yr. old blind and deaf dog outside alone is an act of cruelty in itself. Scruffy deserved MUCH better. I do not really blame the family but Scruffy needed to be supervised especially in his delicate condition. Hope the bastard who did this gets their just due – strangled and dumped in the gutter.

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  4. Melissa Gurley says:

    It’s gotten to the point that your pets should not be outside without supervision hope they find who did this to this poor dog the laws are not stiff enough my heart goes out to the family

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  5. Donna Rodriguez says:

    THIS IS BULLSHIT, THE FUCKING LAW, THE COURTS HAS TO CRACK THE FUCK DOWN ON THIS SHIT… I’M SO FUCKING SICK OF THESE ASSHOLES ABUSEING AND TORTUREING INNOCENT ANIMALS. WHY, THE FUCK DON’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING TO ALL THESE ASSHOLES OR MAKE TO WARE ANYONE GETTING CAUGHT ABUSEING ANIMALS HIT UM WITH AN AUTOMATIC 10 YRS NO GOOD TIME AND MAYBE THIS BULLSHIT WILL FUCKING STOP. . THESE ASSHOLES WHO DO THIS NEED TO BE FUCKING PUNISHED “NOT FINED, NOT A SLAP IN THE HAND , NOT A WARNING, AND NOT THEOWN OUR IF COURT. YOU HAVE ” THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY DOWN ALL THAT BULLET AND IT HASN’T STOP STOPED THEM INFACT, IT’S GOTTEN WORSE …. SO DO SOMETHING BESIDES SCRATCHEN YOUR FUCKING BALLS…. OMG YOU LET ME CATCH ONE OF THESE ASSHOLES HURTING MY DIG OR ANY OTHER DOG AND, I PROMISE I WILL DO SOMETHING…. OH, BUT THE COURT WOULD NOT RHINK TWICE ABOUT THROWING MY WAS IN JAIL FOR DOING WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING. I’M SOOO FREAKING PASSED OFF RIGHT NOW I’M SICK TO DEATH OF THESE EVIL ASSHOLES WALKING AROUND HURTING INNOCENT ANIMALS BUT, THEY’VE GONE TOO FAR WHEN THEY WNTER SOMEONES HOME TO DO IT. HANG THE LITTKE ASSHOLES BY THEIR BALLS UNTIL THEY FALL OFF… EVEN THAT IS TOO GOOD… WTF PEOPLE , ALL FACEBOOK ECT. DO WE NEED TO ALL GET TOGETHER THROUGHOUT ALL THE STATE’S AND PICKET THE FUCKING COURT BUILDINGS TO MAKE A CHANGE ? SERIOUS….. FOR 5 YRS NOW , IF SIGNNED PETITIONS , I’VE BITCH AND COMPLAINED, I’VE CRIED, IVE TALJED TILL I’M BLUE IN THE FACE AND NOTHING , NOT ONE THING HAS CHANGED. .. ONLY HAS GOTTEN WORSE… WE , ALL OF US THREW FACEBOOK HAVE GOT TO COME TOGETHER IN THIS AND MAKE THE LAW CHANGE. .. WE CAN DO IT,,,, WE’RE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN….. LET’S START NOW PEOPLE.

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    • Shelly ruscito says:

      I totally agree with yo im so sick of reading these horrible posts of innocent animals being tortured. I’m telling you it’s a matter of time before people take the law into their own hands a day take care of these sick Fulkerson. Courts are useless!!!!

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  6. Donna Rodriguez says:

    Sooo sorry for your little dog. Poor baby… these monsters will pay one way or another hopefully. Hopefully this will change the law in punishing to the fullest through all this… this has gotten do out of hand as you see these monsters are now entering peoples homes to hurt their pets… the courts honestly need to put a stop to this once in for all. If they would give them a harsh punishment to begin with maybe, just maybe these devils will think twice about hurting another animal. Just since I’ve been on the internet the abuse and torture has grown 70 % on the last 5 years. And, evil abuse and torture skinning, burnning, beating , raping , brakeing all their bones , blowing their mouths off with m80″s , hanging , starveing , drawing , cutting off their limbs , the lists go’s on and on……. these are very sick and disturbed monsters out there and Why don’t the courts see this???? And get them off the streets if anything. Our tax dollars are spent for criminals in jail sooo why then they don’t do something… I want my tax dollars to go for this purpose….. RIP little doggy I’m trying here to get you some JUSTICE but. I can’t do it alone…. my heart hurts for you.

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  7. maxiemom. says:

    I just don’t understand why anyone would leave their dogs unattended in the yard, especially a senior dog who’s deaf and blind. ANYTHING could happen, and obviously did. I never let my dogs outside when I’m not there with them, no matter what the weather, time, nor how sick I might be…

    That being said, the authorities need to find the filth who did this ASAP. Yes,karma is a bitch, and it will catch up with this monster, but right now the law needs to take this scum off the street before he does it again.

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  8. Bunny Peters says:

    Unbelievable…… Absolutely heartbreaking for the family (& Scruffy, who certainly didn’t deserve this cruelty)……

    Someone knows the POS who did this……. If not stopped, this POS will soon graduate to people…….

    Need to sterilize and lock up this POS forever….. Society has no need of this POS……

    This POS is a lost soul and will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty……

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  9. Barkley's Mom says:

    My first question is why is a 17 year old blind, deaf dog left alone in a yard unsupervised. As we keep seeing, evil doers are all around us just looking for an opportunity to do something like this. The POS’s that did this need to be found and dealt with harshly, but the days of our pets being safe in their own yards are way over. There are too many thugs out there with no respect for people’s property, or even a living breathing innocent dog!

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  10. Cynthia Como says:

    I too never ever leave my dogs out unattended,that being said,how ridiculous it is that u can’t let ur dog out in its own yard these days because some evil asshole might come along and seriously harm or kill ur pet! People in all 50 states need to take to the streets in protest and demand a change in the laws,make it loud and clear that society does not want to take the fact that abusers ALWAYS go unpunished for the horrific crime of animal cruelty! It is loud and clear that the standard “fine and probation” is doing nothing to deter this horror! The fines generate money for the courts and the abuser walks,I swear it seems that the only reason they even bother to arrests these monsters is to make money for the courts because being fine certainly does not punish the abuser! Legislation is introduced constantly and is constantly denied to the American people who want this to stop! We vote these law makers into office to be our voiice and to fight and enact the laws that we want for our society but “we the people” are ignored year after year after year! What’s even more enraging is we the tax payers are paying these law makers pay checks! Even in the few states that have animal cruelty as a felony the judicial system STILL rarely sentences these monsters to any jail time even tho the judges have the ability to give them as much as 5 years! All of the other states needs to elevate this crime to the level of a felony and not the misdemeanor that it classified as! It’s absolutely ridiculous and the majority of the American people agree!

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    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      Animal abuse was reclassified as a federal Class A felony as of January 1, 2016. But state laws usually apply. State laws need to be changed to make the penalty for animal abuse much tougher and we need to hold the police, judges and others who are in positions to arrest and prosecute these wicked animal abusers accountable to do so.

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  11. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Lord please have mercy on the animals here on earth. Blessings in anundance for ALL the caring angels helping these poor animal souls. X

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  12. pennys dachshund says:

    SO SAD this little guy’s long lasting happy life came to such a tragic and horrific end!!! I think SOME ASSHOLE has a grudge against the Family and Scruffy!!!! Check out your neighbors!!! maybe Scruffy barked being left alone and it pissed someone off…. instead of calling on the family they killed the culprit instead…. Scruffy wasn’t at fault here yet he paid the price….

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  13. Kathleen Drude says:

    What was a 17 year old maltese doing outside all by itself? Someone took a towel and tied him to a plant? What the hell how does that kill a dog? There is much about this that makes no sense! Be that as it may the end result a little old man has passed away!

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  14. Colleen says:

    I am mortified! I have seen thousands upon thousands of animal cruelty posts (that’s the reason 1. I do not care much for most people. 2.I am ashamed to be part of the human race. 3. My heart has been broken, ripped apart, shattered and it will never be whole again, ever). This is the saddest one I’ve read. It is such a devastating feeling when a pet that you’ve had for many years passes on. But for your baby to be murdered?!! Oh my Lord! I am so sorry to hear this and – what little bit I have left – my heart goes out to the parents of that little one!!! I pray that the culprit is found and punished severely! The culprit is (and please excuse my bad language) nothing but a chicken**it coward!! Even maggots have a purpose in this world…whatever did this horrible act has no purpose. It is worthless.

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