A DOG was stabbed to death then buried in a shallow grave in Inverness, according to the SSPCA.
The male Staffordshire terrier cross had been stabbed in the heart and lung.
Police uncovered the body in a wooded area in the Assynt Road area of Kinmylies on Friday 4 November, following a tip off from a member of the public.
The SSPCA say two men were witnessed by a member of the public carrying a bag and spade and acting suspiciously in the area at around 1pm on the day the dog’s body was discovered.
The first man is described as being between 35 and 45 years old, 5ft 10in, of medium build, bald and was wearing a blue t-shirt.
The second man is also described as being between 35 and 45 years old, 5ft 10in, medium build and was wearing a black jacket. He also had shoulder length hair tied back in a pony tail
Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector Iain Allan said, “This was an absolutely horrific attack on a young, defenceless animal.
“Police discovered the dog in a shallow grave which was covered by a wooden pallet.
“This was in a small wooded area, close to a residential part of the city.
“If these men hadn’t been noticed there is a good chance no one would have ever found this poor dog.
“This is now a joint investigation between the Scottish SPCA and Northern Constabulary Police and we would ask anyone who can help us identify those responsible for this attack to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is urged to call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 or Inverness Police Station on 0845 600 5703.