A GRANDAD today fought back tears as he told how sick thugs kicked his tiny, blind dog to death.
William Carmody described how his “best friend”, miniature Yorkshire Terrier Murphy, was found with horrific injuries after being snatched from his garden in Red House, Sunderland.
The frail 13-year-old dog was discovered 24 hours later by a shocked passer-by in Downhill Park, clinging on to life, with horrific injuries.
The pet, who only had one tooth and suffered from cataracts and arthritis, had been beaten so badly that he had to be put to sleep by a vet.
Now Mr Carmody, known as Billy, is appealing for Murphy’s attackers to be brought to justice.
The grandfather-of-six, 56, said: “He was in that bad a state the vet had to put him down.
“He was not even five inches tall and I’d had him 13 years.”
Mr Carmody, who does not work due to ill health, believes his beloved pet was stolen from his garden on Thursday.
He said: “He normally sleeps under my coat on the settee.
“I came in and turned the TV off and when I lifted my coat he was not there.
“When I went outside he was gone. I searched everywhere and could not find him.”
“The neighbour said they heard barking and someone shouting ‘come here’.
“Murphy must have been so scared with being blind and Donwhill Park is quite a long way from here.”
Mr Carmody is appealing for anyone with information to contact police after Murphy was discovered on Friday.
“I think whoever has done this is a bit thick in the head,” he said.
“I couldn’t go to see him as I just wanted to remember him as he was, but the vet said his injuries were horrific.
“These people should be prosecuted for what they have done.
“I won’t be happy if they just get a slap on the wrists and banned from keeping animals.
“If they could do this to a little dog, what could they do to a kid?”
Neighbourhood Sgt Gary Dickson, from Northumbria Police, said: “The dog was so badly beaten it had to be put down and understandably the owner is distraught after the incident.
“If anyone saw anyone take the dog or saw the dog in Downhill Park, I’d urge them to get in contact.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 03456 043043, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.