The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was brutally killed at an 18th birthday party at his owner’s house in Lemington, Newcastle on Halloween.
Much-loved Yorkshire terrier-cross ‘Herbie’ was discovered in the back garden of the property on Waverley Crescent at around 8pm on Friday 31 October.
RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller said: “I have never seen such a brutal attack on a dog in my whole 10 year career.
“Herbie’s muzzle was shattered in numerous places. It would seem that the right side of his lower jaw has been twisted over to the other side, pinning his tongue and causing him to choke to death.
“The owner is understandably distraught and desperate for answers to what happened to her beloved pet.
“I have spoken to a number of people who were at the party but I still need more specific information.
“I want to appeal to everyone who was there to get in touch with me. Please call 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me and I’ll call you back.”
Four year old Herbie had lived with his owner and her family since being a puppy. On the night of the incident he had been upstairs with her and two other dogs but had gone downstairs and into the garden.
RSPCA inspector Miller said: “This was a truly horrendous incident which no doubt caused enormous suffering to Herbie.
“He was covered in blood and the person who did this must have been too. It seems inconceivable to me that no-one at this party knows who they are.”
The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations to exist.