THE owner of a pet dog found hanged in the back yard of a house in Limavady is considering leaving the area, it has been claimed.
The young mother has been the alleged victim of anti-social behaviour over recent weeks, her car having been attacked and fireworks thrown at her house in the Drumachose Park area.
On Tuesday morning the woman discovered the body of her Jack Russell dog hanged in the back yard of her home.
Buster had been hanged using his own lead.
Whoever was responsible for the attack had first taken the dog from its kennel at the rear of the Drumachose Park property before hanging it from a nearby pole.
Police have appealed for information in a bid to help catch the culprit.
Officers said the dog was killed some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
DUP Deputy Mayor of Limavady Alan Robinson told the News Letter last night that the woman now wishes to leave the area.
He said there have been a number of residents subjected to anti-social behaviour in the area, but that Buster’s owner had been the victim of the worst incidents.
An urgent meeting is being held tomorrow to attempt to address the problems in the area.
Almost 3,000 people had lent their support to a Facebook page called Justice for Buster last night.
The page was set up to press for those responsible for the attack on Buster to be caught.
The PSNI posted on its PSNI Limavady page that they need help to catch those responsible for the attack on Buster.
“We too are appalled and shocked by this incident and promise to do all we can to bring the offender before the courts. We urge anyone who was in the Drumachose Park area on Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday morning to contact us if they saw anybody acting suspicious. We will keep you updated. We need your help.”
Meanwhile, almost 80,000 people have joined a page calling for Justice for Cody, a dog who was set alight on a family farm just outside Maghaberry in August.
The three-year-old Collie survived for a number of days after the attack but the severity of her injuries were just too much for her to survive.
Two people were arrested in connection with the attack but were released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A police investigation is continuing.