Manhunt after family's dog stabbed to death in front yard

A pet kelpie has been stabbed to death in the front yard of a regional Victorian home by a hooded man who pulled up in a 4WD.

The unknown killer stabbed Ezra the kelpie several times outside the Tunnel Gap Road home in Glen Creek at 6pm on November 11.

He then jumped back in the passenger seat of the dark blue Subaru Forester before fleeing the scene.

"It is bad enough for any kid that loses a pet, but to have it basically taken from her in that manner is pretty sickening and pretty disgusting really," Darryl Symons said of his daughter's loss on 3AW radio.

Ezra the kelpie was stabbed to death. Source: Victoria Police

"I mean if they are trying to prove a point, I've got no idea what the point is and all they have proved is that they know how to kill a dog in a gutless and ruthless fashion."

Ezra was rushed to a vet but died the following day.

Owner Rhiannon Symons, 19, told The Border Mail she is “sick to the stomach that someone could do this”.

She said she was a loveable dog that never barked. She heard Ezra yelp the night of the attack before heading outside to see the suspect fleeing the scene.

The family say they have no enemies with police investigating whether Ezra’s death was a case of mistaken identity.

Dederang Leading Senior Constable Craig Lee called the stabbing “an absolutely despicable act”.

Police want to speak to anyone with information about the thinly-built man or the car, which had black mag wheels, roof racks and a loud sports exhaust. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident can call call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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