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Case ID: 18849
Classification: Stabbing
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Nov 4, 2011

Disposition: Open

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A Reward of £1,000 has been offered to track down the sick killers who stabbed a dog to death in Inverness.

A major investigation is under way following the horrific incident after the animal was found buried in a shallow grave near a city housing scheme.

And yesterday angry local animal lovers in the area condemned the callous killers.

Police and SSPCA officers have joined forces to track the culprits down after the body of the young, male, black and white Staffordshire bull terrier cross was discovered.

The grim find was made in a small wooded area close to Assynt Road in the Kinmylies area of the city.

A sharp-eyed member of the public alerted police after spotting two men carrying a bag and spade, and acting suspiciously in the area on the day the dog's body was discovered.

A post-mortem revealed the animal had been stabbed.

Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector Iain Allan said: "This was an absolutely horrific attack on a young, defenseless animal.

"Police discovered the dog in a shallow grave which was covered by a wooden pallet.

"This was in a small wooded area, close to a residential part of the city. If these men hadn't been noticed there is a good chance no one would have ever found this poor dog."

Chief Inspector Allan added: "This is now a joint investigation between the Scottish SPCA and Northern Constabulary and we would ask anyone who can help us identify those responsible for this attack to contact us as soon as possible."

Northern Constabulary have issued descriptions of the two men.

The first is said to be between 35 and 45 years old, 5ft 10in, of medium build, bald and wearing a blue T-shirt.

The second is also described as being between 35 and 45 years old, 5ft 10in, medium build and wearing a black jacket. He had shoulder length hair tied back in a pony tail.

On hearing the news, a disgusted Iona Henderson, who runs Munlochy Animal Aid, immediately put up a £1,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

She said she was "absolutely sickened" to hear of the horrifying attack.

She said: "I am absolutely appalled to hear this has happened in our area. There is absolutely no excuse to treat a living animal in this way.

"If someone needs to get rid of an animal for whatever reason, there are paths you can go down. For example we are here.

"My breath has been taken away by this awful act of cruelty and I am just sickened to hear about it."

Iona said she is willing to put her "money where her mouth is" and has offered the substantial reward for information which could help catch the perpetrators of the crime.

She said: "I would ask anyone with any information about who did this to come forward. I will offer a £1,000 reward.

"I hope this will help to catch the people, or person, who did this and they will then be taken to task for this awful crime."

Iona said she feels of late there has been a rise in cruelty to animals in the area.

She said: "There are certainly more dogs discarded, but in my opinion it's got nothing to do with the recession, it has everything to do with the callousness of people. An attack like this is unbelievable."

Shocked pet lovers in the Kinmylies area yesterday were stunned that such an act of cruelty could take place in their vicinity.

Carrie Ward (36), of Assynt Road, said: "What a horrific story. What sick brutes attacking a dog like that. I'll think twice about going out alone with my dog now."

Kenneth Cormack (67), of Craigard Place, said: "That's pure evil. I can't believe people are capable of such cruelty. It's only a matter of time until they do the same to a human being."

Martin Davis (34), of Assynt Road, agreed it was an "appalling" act. He thought it would put people off walking in the area. "I am shocked to hear about such a thing happening in our community," he added.

Local postman Nick MacLean (24) was surprised and said he had never heard of such a thing happening in the area before.

However, Susan McCreevy (36), of Craigton Avenue, revealed her dog had been attacked by a Staffy-type dog when she was walking down by the canal near Kinmylies last week.

She said she was "shocked" to learn a dog being stabbed.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Scottish SPCA Helpline on 03000 999 999 or Inverness police on 0845 600 5703.

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