Newtownabbey police have issued an appeal for information following a sickening incident of animal cruelty during which a dog had its ears cut off.
Shortly before 8pm on Monday, June 24 police were called to the scene of a dog in distress on the Ballycraigy Road.
On arrival they discovered an ex-racing greyhound that had been abandoned. Its ears had been cut off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced.
Police took the dog 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.
George Anderson, chair of the sanctuary, 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 on 0845 600 8000.