Fury as sick burglars beat pet dog to death in Armagh village
Anger and outrage erupted in a Co Armagh village at the weekend after a family dog was beaten to death by burglars.
Little 12-year-old Jack Russell Sid was found dead by his owners following the break-in at their home in the Archdale area of Bessbrook on Friday night.
It is understood the dog belonged to a daughter of the family.
SDLP councillor Justin McNulty said the incident is the latest in a wave of burglaries around the village.
"This latest one comes after 14 break-ins in the area and has left people very angry," he told Sunday Life.
"I understand the dog belongs to a daughter in the family. It's a shocking situation.
"What has happened has truly shocked people."
Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew expressed her disgust at the incident.
"The local community are just shocked. It is hard to believe people could stoop so low," she said.
"There are young children in this house and I'm sure they will be devastated. How could a mother explain that to young ones?
"There has been an ongoing problem in the Bessbrook and Camlough area with break-ins.
"They all seem to be happening between 6pm and 9pm. People in the area have been spotting suspicious cars and they have been bringing this information to the police," said Ms Mulgrew
Bessbrook residents have planned a meeting later this week to discuss the spate of break-ins and how to keep homes safe.
A PSNI spokesman said detectives are investigating burglaries at houses in Loughbrickland, Newry and Bessbrook on Friday evening.
Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson confirmed a pet dog was reported to have been killed during one of the incidents.
"Police received reports that a number of men travelling in a dark coloured car, possibly a BMW 1 Series, had broken into properties at Donard View in Loughbrickland, Derrymore Road in Newry and Archdale in Bessbrook on Friday evening," he said.
"Entry was forced to the houses in each instance, with jewellery and cash stolen.
"A family pet was reported to have been killed at the house in Bessbrook.
"These incidents follow reports in recent days of suspicious activity in the Bessbrook and Camlough areas, involving men travelling in a car matching the description given last night.
"We believe these incidents may be linked and are actively seeking to locate this car and its occupants.
"I would ask anyone who has any information to assist police with our enquiries to contact detectives at Ardmore on 101."