Friday 23 February 2018

Horror after family dog 'gutted' and used as bonfire material

WARNING: Distressing content and images

Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A devastated family has revealed their distress at finding their dog “gutted” and covered in oil to be set alight.

Symone Katus (23) has made a complaint to gardai after her grandparents' dog Gizmo, was discovered on Saturday having been killed and “gutted” with his organs removed.

Symone's grandparents have had Gizmo for 14 years since he was a puppy and he was a much loved household pet according to Symone.

The dog went missing in New Ross on Wednesday evening and on Saturday Robert, known as Bobby, was brought to a site where Gizmo’s body had been found.

“He had motor oil poured over him and was under a single tyre,” Symone told

“It was the way he was found that was the most disturbing part to everybody and to think that my granddad had to see him like that.

“He was gutted from top to bottom and his organs were gone. His tongue was gone too.”

Symone said the way Gizmo was found reminded people in her family of how foxes are gutted by hunters.

Picture taken of Gizmo after shocking attack
Picture taken of Gizmo after shocking attack

“Gizmo was getting so old, he had his little cushion on a chair in my grandad’s house and we all just imagined that that’s where we would find him [when he passed away],” Symone said.

“It’s the fact that my grandad had to carry his little best friend away in a little black bag, like a piece of rubbish.

“He still has the oil marks on his jeans that night and he was staring at them.

“We’ll all eventually come to terms with what happened because that’s what you have to do in life but I don’t think I’ll ever forgive anyone for how upset my grandad is over this,” she added.

Symone said she is keen to share her story in the hope that it doesn’t happen to another family

The Garda press office has been contacted by for comment on the case.

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