Police are hunting thieves who stole a van with a dog inside which was thrown out near a busy motorway junction before being run down and killed.
The stolen Transit-type van, which has not been traced, sped on after Nicky, the boxer-Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was dumped in the road near the M4 in Swansea, south Wales.
The seven-year-old family pet then wandered onto the motorway at a nearby junction and was hit and killed by a passing lorry.
Police described the thieves as "callous" and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The incident happened at the Llangyfelach roundabout outside Swansea, near junction 46 of the westbound M4, on Tuesday morning.
Alun Thomas, 52, the owner of the dog, was working in the city's Morriston suburb moving earth into his van with workmen when it was stolen.
He has spoken of his shock at what happened to his dog, telling the South Wales Evening Post: "It's terrible. The dog lived with me and went everywhere with me."
A police spokesman said that the van from which the dog was thrown had been stolen between 10 and 10.40am on the day of the incident.
An officer sent to the scene discovered the dog lying dead in the slow lane of the motorway.
He said with regard to throwing the dog from the van: "It was a callous act and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward."