A dog has been killed by being hanged from a metal pole by its own lead.
The Jack Russell was found dead in the back garden of its owner's property in Limavady.
Whoever was responsible first took the dog from its kennel at the rear of the Drumachose Park home before hanging it from the nearby pole.
Police have appealed for information to help them catch the culprit.
Officers said the dog was killed some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Limavady police station on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.