According to Wednesday's publication of the Sentinel & Enterprise, a family in Winchendon, Mass., is in shock after finding their puppy dead - hanging from a tree in their yard.
The puppy, a beagle named "Snoopy," died outside of his home on Monday evening while his guardian, Allyson Clark, was cooking dinner.
Clark told the publication:
It was the first time we'd ever put him outside,"
Snoopy was only 14 weeks of age and he had been with his family less than two months. The grim discovery was made by Clark's 10-year-old daughter, who went outside to check on the dog, who had been secured to a run near the house.
Clark described what they encountered:
He was tied in so many knots,"
It took two of us to untie him."
"It's the sickest thing I've seen in my life,"
The puppy was dangling four feet off of the ground - his family is adamant that there is no way that he could have become tangled in the line on his own.
Snoopy's family is frightened by the prospect that their puppy's killer might still be nearby - they plan on installing security cameras around their home.
According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the incident is under investigation by the local police and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Anyone with information is asked to call: Det. Kevin Wolski at 978-297-1212.
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