POLICE in Newtownabbey have appealed for information following a sickening incident of animal cruelty.
Officers were horrified to discover a greyhound dog had its ears cut off.
The PSNI were received a call out shortly before 8pm on Monday, June 24 to the scene of a dog in distress on the Ballycraigy Road.
When they arrived officers discovered a former racing greyhound had been abandoned.
But to their horror they noticed its ears had been hacked off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced.
The traumatised animal was taken by police to Farmhill Vets in Carrick where it was treated for its injuries.
The dog is currently being looked after by staff at the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.
Animal sanctuary chair George Anderson described the dog’s injuries as “absolutely horrendous.”
“I wouldn’t even call the people who did this animals – an animal wouldn’t be so cruel. They are the scum of the earth as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
Mr Anderson said that when the dog’s injuries have healed the sanctuary will try to find him a new home.
Police officers investigating the incident have appealed for anyone with information to contact them urgently on 0845 600 8000.