A family came home to find their dog had been beaten to death by alleged thieves.
Mum-of-three Frida Karam was out celebrating her seven-year-old son’s birthday in Sydney, Australia, on January 30.
When they arrived home, the property had been ransacked and their 11-year-old pet pomeranian Gucci was dead.
Mikaele Maka, 19, allegedly stole $100,000 [£55,579] worth of designer goods along with jewellery and electronics, 7 News reports.
He has since been charged with breaking and entering and animal cruelty.
Frida told the network: “They killed our family dog, what for? I don’t understand the callousness of this whole incident is beyond comprehension to me.
“Robbery’s one thing but a life is a life. That dog was like a child, they took her life.”
Gucci acted as a therapy dog for Frida’s daughter, who is autistic.
Police are continuing their investigation, and believe up to three men may be responsible.
Earlier this month, horrifiedanimalrights workers found a pedigree dog chained up to a post and being fattened for slaughter by a butcher.
Anna, an Afghan hound, was rescued from a Chinese village by charityNoToDogMeatand taken to its shelter in Nanjing.
Its workers believe Anna was abandoned by her original owner during the pandemic, with the pooch suffering from malnutrition.
However, she is now “looking forward to a happy new life a loving home” after her narrow escape from the meat trade, the charity said.
Julia de Cadenet, CEO of NoToDogMeat, said: "It is a mystery as to how such a fancy pedigree dog ended up in this awful predicament, but it just goes to show that there is no discrimination in some people's minds when it comes to eating dogs.
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"Pets are not food, and finding a dog like Anna must hammer home for people in the UK, that the dogs we rescue and care for are just the same as your dogs at home.
"Our best guess is that Anna's original owner abandoned her during the pandemic, as so many people have done sadly inChina , when false information spread about dogs carrying the virus.
"But she has a happy life ahead of her, and has a home for life with us if she needs one."
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