An elderly woman, whose family got her a dog to help with her recovery from a recent home invasion, has been left traumatised after her pet was snatched by youths in Newry.
The woman was walking her little dog around the towpath near the WIN business park earlier this week, when a number of teenage boys approached on bicycles.
The boys, who had their heads covered at the time, then snatched the lead from her hand and sped off, trailing the terrified dog along the ground.
The chair of the local council, Sinn Féin’s Charlie Casey, was contacted by the victim’s family about the callous ordeal and told UTV it was horrible to hear of young people behaving in such a way.
“This lady was the victim of mindless anti-community elements during a home invasion just weeks ago,” Mr Casey said.
“The family had brought the dog to her to try and get her out and about again - now she has been left totally traumatised by this latest incident.”
The little dog was later found cowering beneath a lorry trailer, nearly two miles from where it had been snatched.
It was rescued by workers from the Carnbane industrial estate, who were able to contact the owner using information on the dog’s collar and return the pet.
Anyone with information about what happened can contact police on 101.