A SIX-year-old boy has been left traumatised after finding his pet dog's severed head in the front yard of his family's Ballard home.
Corrie Blizzard awoke on Tuesday to find his pet shih tzu cross, Missy, had been decapitated.
The body was nowhere to be found.
Mother-of-eight Angie Cook said she feared for her children's safety and was convinced a neighbour was responsible for the cruel act.
"Coming from an Italian background, in my culture, that's a death threat," she said.
"I've seen dog attacks before and they look nothing like that.
"This was a clean cut . . . no puncture marks.
"The ears aren't even on it. The head has been cut clean in two."
Ms Cook said police had sent a photographer to document the attack, but held little hope that authorities would track down the killer. "They sent two guys around and one of them was almost sick when he saw it," she said.
Ms Cook has spent the past two days consoling her understandably distressed children.
"Everyone around here knows I've got eight kids.
"How could they leave our pet dog's head waiting to be found in our front yard?
"I just want people to know that there are sick people out there, and to be careful."
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