A Camillo family have told of their heartbreak coming home to find their beloved dog Sheeba whimpering in pain after an intruder cruelly snapped her back leg and left her for dead.
Police say a person or people entered the Tewson Road home by jumping the fence and picking the lock of a sliding door some time between 9.30am and 12.35pm.
Sally Read found the golden kelpie-dingo cross on the floor of the Tewson Road home in the early afternoon.
The 27-year-old mother knew something was wrong when Shebea did not come running when she came through the door.
"I went around the back and she was just laying there, with white stuff coming from her mouth, " Ms Read said. "I was trying to get her up but she was in pain.
"I was screaming and crying .... (a neighbour) came over and had a look and her whole leg was broken.
"We put the blanket under her and took her straight to the vet."
Ms Read said the family were forced to make the gut-wrenching decision to euthanise Shebea after finding out it would cost more than $5000 to operate on the 15-year-old dog's leg.
"I'm devastated. I grew up with her since she was a pup," Ms Read said. "She used to sleep with me every night and scratch at my door to let her in.
"She was like a little sister to me."
Ms Read said her mother, Tracey, was so upset last night she almost fainted.
"Shebea was her best friend," she said. "That's a dog you can never replace."
Ms Read told 6PR she was overwhelmed by the violence and could not sleep.
The RSPCA is joining police in the call for witnesses.
The RSPCA said it was “absolutely horrified” over the cruel attack.
RSPCA WA spokesman Tim Mayne said the family had lost a constant companion in the most horrific manner.
“All of us at the RSPCA, from the chief inspector down, are extremely disgusted and horrified by this act and we’re calling for anyone with information to come forward,” he said.
“This looks like a deliberate act of horrific cruelty and to do that to an old dog is just appalling.”
Mr Mayne said the culprit could face a fine of $50,000 or five years jail if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.
Det-Sen Sgt. Ray Horne, of Armadale detectives, labelled yesterday’s incident a “senseless act of violence” and urged witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.