'Whoever killed my poor chihuahua deserves their head cut off' - Devastated owner
A Wicklow man has said whoever decapitated his pet dog "deserves to have their own head cut off".
Gardaí have launched an investigation after Kieran Keogh (42) and his partner Andy Price found the headless body of 'Mousey' in the back garden of their home in Rathdrum last Friday.
"It all started when I left my house on Friday morning with my partner," a distraught Mr Keogh told the Irish Independent. "We went to Avoca and didn't come back until a few hours later.
"Usually my chihuahua would come running up to my back door whenever he hears me coming back. However, there was no sign of him at all and he wasn't responding when I called his name.
"After having a quick look around the garden I went into my kitchen to boil the kettle.
"I then noticed that my other dog was hitting her paw against something in the garden. I went out and found Mousey's body with no head. I was sick to my stomach once I made the discovery.
"The gardaí said if he was killed in the garden there would have been blood everywhere, but there was none at all."
Having made the horrific discovery, Mr Keogh began searching his neighbourhood frantically for the dog's head.
When he returned home, he discovered Mousey's head had been left on the back doorstep.
"I put the backyard light on and there he was with his little tongue sticking out and eyes looking up at me," he added.
"I've never been so sick in my life. He had only just turned three."
Mr Keogh, who owns a number of dogs, said he had not been able to sleep since the horrific incident.
He added: "Whoever did this deserves to have their own head cut off."
Gardaí have already interviewed Mr Keogh and Mr Price as part of their investigation.
Officers have also visited the couple's back garden where Mousey was deposited after being beheaded.
Mr Keogh has denied that he had anything to do with the dog's death.
Gardaí have asked anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity to call Wicklow garda station on (0404) 67107.