Police hunt for dog-killer
POLICE are on the hunt for a person believed to be responsible for killing and decapitating a dog in South Lismore overnight.
Scott Gough woke to the sound of his dog barking at his front door this morning and walked outside to see what the problem was.
He found his beloved family pet, a foxy terrier named Diva, dead beside his house.
The dog’s head was nearby.
Police, RSPCA and Lismore City Council were called to the incident, which was initially thought to be the result of a dog fight.
Diva was taken to a vet in Lismore where an initial examination revealed the dog’s injuries were not inflicted by another dog.
A second examination from a vet in Wollongbar revealed the dog died from a puncture wound to the chest.
The RSPCA's Alistair Hill said the vet believed the dog was decapitated after her death.
“There is a human element involved,” he said.
Police believe a knife was possibly used to inflict the horrific injuries.
Neighbours reported hearing a scuffle about 2am last night, police said.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.