Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Pet dog found hanging from washing line in Omagh

A rare-breed pedigree dog that was hung by the neck from a washing line and left to die in Omagh.

Lola, a 17-month-old French mastiff dog, was found hanging in the rear garden of a house at Meelmore Drive in Omagh.

The dog was still alive when she was strung up, and marks on her body illustrate how she struggled for life.

Police have described the dog’s death as a “cruel and vicious crime”.

Lola’s heartbroken owner Niall Kilpatrick said he couldn’t understand why anyone could kill his beloved dog.

“There has to be something wrong with the person's head, has to be,” he said.

“I've never heard anything like this — the lengths that someone went to to hang the dog. It's disgusting.”

The dog was killed while Mr Kilpatrick was out last Thursday night. A neighbour found the dead animal and phoned to tell him.

“She was a really playful dog. I can't see why anyone would do it,” he told UTV.

“Anytime she was out on a walk you could let her off the lead. She's never, ever went up to anyone or even growled at anyone. If it's something against me then I'd rather the people come up, be man about it and say it to my face.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “This was a particularly cruel and vicious crime and we would like to hear from anyone who can help us identify and prosecute the culprit.”

Anyone with information should contact officers on 0845 600 8000.

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