Beloved pet dog found 'shot' dead near Great Gonerby. Warning: Some readers may find the image disturbing.
Pet owners are being warned to be on their guard after a family's beloved pet dog was found dead in horrific circumstances after going missing for two weeks.
Twelve-year-old, Sabby, who was a German Shepherd cross Rottweiler, went missing from his owners farm between Great Gonerby and Downtown Superstore on Tuesday, December 11.
He was found with 'horrendous' injuries on Wednesday by his devastated owners on a railway embankment between their farm and Marston.
He had suspected gun shot wounds to the head, a missing front leg, his spine was exposed and he had gashes all over his body.
He was found buried under old bricks and wooden shavings and his leg was discovered in the nearby undergrowth.
Sabby's owner Ian Pyart said: "We are all absolutely devastated. We got Sabby from an RSPCA rescue home when he was about one-year-old and he was a massive part of our family."
Along with help from the public, the family searched for Sabby everyday and their worst fears were confirmed when their 11-year-old daughter found Sabby's body when out walking with Ian on Boxing Day.
Ian added: "We had already thoroughly checked the area in which he was found. It was very obvious that someone had placed him there and deliberately tried to conceal his body with the bricks. It would have taken two people to lift him. He was found with such horrendous injuries that we dread to think what he went through. He was also found with no collar which he had been wearing when he went missing."
The police attended the scene on Wednesday and are currently investigating.
Ian added: "He was such a lovely, friendly dog. Our son travelled home from Leeds so we could all be together when we buried him in our garden yesterday (Thursday)."
A police spokesman said: "This was reported to us on 26 December and we are investigating.
"We would like to ask anyone with information to contact us with incident reference 148 of 26 December.
"We understand the dog had been missing for a week prior to being found."