Sadistic thugs have used a crossbow to shoot dead a dog in an attack which has been branded “despicable and barbaric”.
Police have launched an investigation after the animal’s body was discovered in the Bracken Vale area of Omagh around 11.30am on Saturday morning.
Officers who attended the incident removed a crossbow bolt from the scene. It’s not clear what breed of dog was killed, but it was described as a family pet.
The dog’s body has been taken away for further examination while house-to-house inquiries have taken place in an attempt to track down the weapon’s owner.
David Wilson from the USPCA described the killing as “shocking”.
“This appears to be a very deliberate and premeditated attack, and I would appeal for anyone with information to bring it to the PSNI,” he said.
“We have seen this type of incident with wildlife such as swans, but it is very unusual for a domestic pet to be targeted.
“A crossbow bolt would have meant a long and painful death, and no animal deserves that.”
Community worker Gerry McCusker described the attack as “totally outrageous” and said people were horrified at what had happened.
“This is a despicable act to be carried out on any animal,” he said.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to has been outraged by the fact that such an attack as this could be carried out in their area.
“It is totally outrageous that there are people out there with weapons such as these and are prepared to use them on a defenseless animal.”
Councillor Sorcha McAnespy questioned the reasoning of those who carried out the attack.
“This is one of the most despicable incidents I have ever come across,” she said.
“I would totally and utterly condemn this barbaric act.
“How anyone could perpetrate such an act on a defenseless animal is beyond belief.
“Some poor family will now be devastated at the loss of their pet.”
A PSNI spokesman said officers were investigating the attack and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.