Dog has half his ear cut off in Co Fermanagh attack
A family dog has had half his ear cut off in an attack at his home in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh.
Charlie, a Dalmatian, suffered a number of injuries during the attack in the early hours of Tuesday.
His owner, local businessman Scott Robinson said he believed that Charlie may have disturbed a group of young men trying to break into sheds in the area.
Police are investigating the incident.
Mr Robinson said that the vet who treated Charlie told him that the injuries were caused by a human and probably with a knife.
Charlie is 13-years-old and has been with the Robinson family since he was a puppy.
He had to undergo surgery for treatment to his injuries.
"There was no noise of him. Normally, Charlie would be barking at the kitchen window. I opened the door and the whole place was covered in blood and he was covered in blood," Mr Robinson told the Irish News.
"When I called the vet, they came out. She said it was too clean cut for an animal. It had to be a human. Someone actually cut him," he said.
"Half his ear was gone. We found it on the ground. It has been slashed off by something".
Mr Robinson said he was shocked that somebody was carrying a knife in such a "quiet village".
"They'd been trying to break into sheds. Charlie sleeps on one of the benches against the fence during the summer," he said.
"I am thinking they have walked up the side of the fence and he has jumped up. I heard they were disturbed trying to break into a shed down the lane.
"The family are so annoyed. I am more angry and disappointed that somebody would do that. They are the lowest of the low. They are scum."
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