Family’s dachshund drowned in violent act of cruelty during home robbery

In South Townsville, Australia a $2,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the violent beating and drowning of a family’s beloved miniature dachshund during a robbery in their home in Hermit Park.

According to the Townsville Bulletin, Scott McWilliams and Vernon McIlroy had been in Sydney for the weekend; a house sitter had been in charge of caring for their pets. When the sitter arrived on Sunday and went into the backyard, she found one of the family’s dog, Paris, had been beaten and drowned in the pond. The dog’s claw marks showed she had struggled for her life while being held under the water.  Their other dog  Astrid was found unharmed, but shaking in fear.

Paris most likely barked, which would have motivated the thieves to take violent action so as not to arouse suspicion with neighbors. Senior Sergeant Graeme ­Patterson stated that detectives thought the robber jumped over the back fence and tried to break into the house.

Mr. McWilliams and Mr. McIlroy have decided to move and leave their terrible memories of what happened to Paris behind. This was the fourth time the men have been affected by crime since they arrived in 2014. A portrait of Paris will be painted by Brisbane artist Stephen Gallagher, as a way of remembering and hopefully to help with the healing process of such a heinous crime.

“We moved to Townsville to settle and find a place that we could really call home, but it doesn’t feel like home when you’re not safe in your house,” they said as reported in the Daily Mail. 

Local resident Robin Kitchin has offered the $2,000 reward labeling the intruders as “gutless cowards.” Kitchin feels the pain the couple are feeling and hates animal cruelty, stating this would be an opportunity for the justice system to dole out the strictest punishment and maximum penalty.

Anyone who witnessed the ­incident or anything suspicious on Queens Rd between 6am and 6pm on Sunday should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Rest in peace Paris. We hope you get justice. Someone must know something.

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12 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    HORRIFIC!!! to say the least!!! Having numerous dachshunds of all sizes, ages, and temperament’s , I imagine Paris was the one who was the alpha and would bark to alert of an anomaly… This so very sad… and my heart goes out to the owners and the companion of Paris…. I hope the amount of the reward will bring forth and ” mole in the hole” who will RAT out the perpetrator’s of this Murder of an innocent and loving little dog that was trying to do it’s duty!!! I am Sick at heart this morning to read this!!!

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  2. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Maggot scumbags who did this. I hope they are found, beaten, salt rubbed in the wounds til they scream, then slowly killed in a likewise manner. I’m fed up with savages like this who continue to walk among human beings. My heart goes out to the family.

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  3. Adrienne says:

    What depraved things to torture and strangle these tiny dog. Pray they find the things that did this and torture and kill them when they go to jail.Lazy slugs that they have to resort to robbery instead of being a normal person and work every day. But, what can you expect from scum like this who are void of any feelings. Poor pup and what she had to suffer through. The other dog was unharmed but terrified. There must be stricter laws for these scum not just a slap on the wrist. Extensive jail time in all countries for these things.

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  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Whoever did this to this innocent little dog should be beaten and drowned in the nearest body of water – they have proven they have no right to every take another breath. Someone knows who these hunks of maggot puke are and they need to step up and turn them in – Let the punishment fit the crime.

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  5. Red says:

    If you know who did this, and you do not report them…..you are as sick and vile as the monsters who did this!! REPORT THE MURDERS of this precious dog!

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  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    I hope they find the monsters that did this and I hope they are tossed in jail, never to see the outside again! That poor little baby, I can’t imagine the horror finding your dog like this! “gutless cowards.” describes whoever did this perfectly!

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  7. Laurent says:

    Disgusting Coward bad people and dangerous
    I save a dachshund in my district Paris 19e
    Iam french
    I found and save a little boss old dachshund
    Owner are happy and say you are a good guy
    Its just a Small dog friend
    This guy are really dangerous for the Society go in jail !

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