A family pet was savagely killed during a burglary at a house in county Armagh on Friday night.
A community has been left shocked following the sickening incident which took place in a housing estate in the Millvale Road area of Bessbrook.
It is understood the pet was a Jack Russell dog.
Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said the community were horrified by this latest incident. A number of break-ins have occurred in the area in recent months.
“The area has witnessed a rise in burglaries over the past period, however the killing of a family pet has reached a new low,” said cllr. Mulgrew.
“Local people are rightly angry. I have no doubt this dastardly act has compounded the fear of the owners of the pet.
“I would once again appeal for vigilance and anyone noticing any suspicious activity at all should contact the police.
“Those engaged in these attacks on the community and their property must be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law.