Missing dog stabbed to death in Clydebank attack

A dog has been found stabbed to death in West Dunbartonshire in what has been described as a "barbaric crime".

The Scottish SPCA said the animal's body was found with nine wounds at an industrial estate next to Beardmore Street, Clydebank, on Sunday night.

The tan-coloured male mastiff cross Irish Staffordshire bull terrier had earlier been reported missing from its home in nearby Caledonia Street.

The Scottish SPCA has appealed for help in tracing the person responsible.

The animal charity said the dog had been stabbed nine times in its ribs, chest and neck.

Owners 'devastated'

Senior Inspector Nicki Scott said: "This was an absolutely horrific attack and it is difficult to imagine the terror that was inflicted upon this dog.

"The dog was reported missing from his home in Caledonia Street that night and, understandably, his owners were shocked and devastated to learn he had been found, having been stabbed to death.

"We can't comprehend why anyone would do this to a defenceless animal and we urgently need to identify the person responsible for this barbaric crime.

"If anyone has any information at all, we are urging them to search their conscience and contact us as soon as possible."

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