A MAN has been left devastated after his much-loved pet dog was bludgeoned and stabbed to death.
The horrific attack took place on communal ground near Y Wern on the Caia Park estate in Wrexham.
Dave Rowley, 37, owner of the nine-year-old Staffordshire Terrier named Buster, had let his pet out for some exercise and when he went to call it in shortly afterwards he found the blood-stained body near the gate of the grassed area.
Police say an individual or individuals are believed to have attacked the dog, which was brindle and white, by striking it on the head. The attack occurred at about 6pm on February 17.
Although it is believed to have died from the blow, the animal is also thought to have been stabbed after it died.
Mr Rowley said: “I had Buster from when he was about six or seven months old and seeing him killed like this has left me devastated. Whoever did this must be sick and I hope the police catch them as soon as possible.
“The police have been asking if someone killed Buster because they have some kind of vendetta against me but there is no-one like that because I get on with everyone.”
Mr Rowley added: “The police and the vet who examined him say that he was hit over the head by something really hard, maybe some kind of object.
“They think he was killed by the blow but they also found a stab wound in him.
“I don’t know whether this was done after he died or not.
“The police are being very good and keeping me informed but up to now they have no information about who did this to Buster.
“He was fully pedigree and was worth £300-£400 but it’s not the money because he was just like one of the family.
“What happened to Buster won’t put me off because I am going to get another dog.”
PC Viv Jones said: “The owner of the dog is devastated at the loss of his pet and is appealing to the public for help.
“I would urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact me immediately at Wrexham Police Station on 101 (if in Wales), 0845 6071001 (Welsh language line), or 0845 6071002 (English language line).
“People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information on 0800 555111.”
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