THE owner of a pet dog that was stolen, killed and dumped in a bin says her family have been left distraught by her twisted death.
Twelve-year-old Misty, a black Staffordshire bull terrier, was seen being bundled into the back of a van yards from her home in Blossom Drive, Widley.
Owners Sherrie Murray and Shane Oakes called police and sent out urgent appeals for information on social network sites with her contact details.
It happened on July 12 and this Monday, Miss Murray received a call telling her Misty was alive and tied up in a barn in Hambledon. A photo of Misty was also sent.
The address was given and the family immediately set off to get her.
But while they were on their way, they received a further message saying Misty had been killed and had been dumped in a wheelie bin at the back of some shops in London Road, Waterlooville.
Miss Murray said: ‘At first we didn’t believe it because we didn’t believe anyone could be so sick.
‘We got to the back of the shops and my partner opened the bin and there she was, wrapped in a pink blanket. She was dead. They had killed her. I was crying uncontrollably. I couldn’t believe it.’
In a further sick twist, Miss Murray was sent a message from someone purporting to be the culprit’s associate who said the dog had hanged itself.
But Misty’s lifeless body was covered in severe injuries.
The police and the RSPCA were called immediately. The police are investigating the matter but the RSPCA said it is not something they can get involved in.
Miss Murray says she wants police to get DNA from the blanket.
She added: ‘My eldest daughter Shelby is completely distraught because she has known her since she was born.
‘She is disabled and communicates through sign-language. Her teacher says she has been withdrawn and spends all day drawing pictures of dogs. It has affected her so badly.’
n Police last night said they have arrested a 34-year-old man from Waterlooville in connection with the theft of a dog from Blossom Drive, Waterlooville on July 12. He remains in police custody pending further enquiries.
They have urged the public to avoid posting threats or naming potential suspects on social media as it can have a detrimental effect on the investigation and any subsequent prosecution.