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Dog chained to block and thrown in canal reunited with family

An obscene act of animal cruelty, says Tyrone family

The dog was cleaned up and placed in the care of the local council.
The dog was cleaned up and placed in the care of the local council.
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A woman has spoken of her family's devastation after their dog was snatched from their garden and thrown into a river with a concrete block chained to its neck describing it as an "obscene act of animal cruelty".

She said it was an "attack on the whole family" and the pet, a Samoyed breed dog, was now home safe and sound.

On Friday Snowy was taken from Sinead Duffy's Coalisland home while he was in the back garden.

He was found in a nearby canal and chained to a concrete block.

"This is an attack on our dog and an attack on our family," said Sinead in a Facebook post.

"We are deeply devastated that this has happened to him."

After posting of the incident Sinead received thousands of replies on Facebook.

"How cruel, he is so lucky," was one response.

"Hopefully those responsible are caught and can never do this again."

Another added: "What an horrendous act to commit. Who could do something like this?"

Sinead praised those council officials who helped the animal out of the water and looked after him until he could be reunited with his family.

"We are blessed," she continued.

"We as a family are asking anyone that has any information please please come forward as this is the most obscene act of cruelty to an innocent pet."

Police described the incident as a "disgusting attack on a defenceless dog".

They appealed for anyone with information to contact 028 8773 8861.

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