WARNING: This article contains a distressing image of a dead animal

A pet dog has been allegedly shot dead as it ran across a property near St Martin yesterday evening.

A Facebook post by the distressed owner, which has been shared more than 180 times, claims that owner of the property shot the 11-month-old beagle twice before the dog was “thrown in the river and a rock shoved on top.”

The puppy was one of two dogs being exercised in the area when she is said to have run across a garden.

The owner wrote: “Dogs being beagles (domesticated working dogs) went off as they do and have done many times with no problem or worry to owner or others.

“When the dogs were making their way back to us they ran over some land (no livestock) and one got shot by the landowner then thrown in the river and a rock shoved on top.

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The beagle after allegedly being shot

“These dogs were 11 months old, friendly dogs. As we were close by (landowners said they heard us calling them back) this was a disgusting act.

“We heard no barking, then two gunshots - one injuring the pup, second to kill it. Then [they] disposed of the body in a disgusting way after blowing half its throat away for running through their GARDEN causing no damage.

“He has broken up a family of dogs as she lived with her mum and sister (who are now pining for her).”

The owner goes on to add that the police have been informed.

The Packet has contacted the police for a response. 

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