This image of Tilly and Spot, shot and scalped, is too graphic to show.
This image of Tilly and Spot, shot and scalped, is too graphic to show. Supplied

Family's pet dogs killed in ritual

TWO family pets have been shot and scalped in a sickening display of animal cruelty at Aramac, in Central Queensland.

Hayley Wilson was staying at her parent’s property in Drury Street on the outskirts of town when her dogs went missing early Friday morning.

After an hour-long search, Hayley and her partner Dwain found their dogs, two-year-old Spot and 12-week-old Tilly, in the town carcase skip with their heads completely skinned.

Bullet holes riddled their bodies.

Hayley said the Barcaldine Council Rural Lands Officer had moved the dogs to the skip after they were shot and left to die by an unknown person near Aramac Creek, less than 300 metres from the family home.

The Jericho couple, who were in Aramac visiting Hayley’s parents for a few days, were still reeling yesterday.

“These dogs were not just pets they were family, both very obedient and they have never killed any animals,” Hayley said.

“They were not aggressive in any shape or form – one was only a puppy.”

Hayley said she was even more upset by thoughts of how much her beloved pets had suffered.

“We found both dogs dumped in the pit covered by under-weight freshly shot roos.

“I don’t believe they were completely dead when they were scalped,” she said.

Barcaldine Regional Council, Aramac police and the RSPCA are all investigating the matter.

RSPCA Queensland Senior Regional Inspector Shayne Towers Hammond labelled the act as “sadistic” and said he was “absolutely appalled” by the treatment of the dogs.

“Especially if it wasn’t a clean shot, the dogs would have suffered enormously,” he said. The Barcaldine council and Aramac police declined to comment yesterday.

These dogs were not just pets, they were family



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