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Couple's anguish at dog killed by thugs

A COUPLE told of their devastation last night after their pet dog was strangled and then dumped in their garden pond with a brick tied around its neck.

A COUPLE told of their devastation last night after their pet dog was strangled and then dumped in their garden pond with a brick tied around its neck.

Ken Bennett and his wife Margaret, who is recovering from a cancer operation, discovered the body of their fivemonthold West Highland Terrier, Bengi, after a taunting note was pushed through their letterbox.

In the note, the sick thugs boasted of " having fun with your dog".

The couple, who live in a white cottage in the quiet village of Gwernymynydd overlooking Mold, Flintshire, last night said they were baffled why anyone would carry out such a gruesome attack.

Mr Bennett said yesterday: "Whoever did this has got to be sick."

Bengi would often run around the back garden of their home and, when he wanted to come back in, would squeeze through the cat flap.

But a couple of weeks ago, he did not come back.

Mrs Bennett searched for Bengi but he remained missing for two weeks.

His disappearance was a complete mystery, until a note was pushed through the couple's door, while they were shopping, from someone who said they had had some fun with their dog.

The letter revealed they could have their pet back but they would find him in their pond.

The couple thought someone was having a sick joke at their expense. Mr Bennett raked the pond, and made the heartbreak discovery.

Bengi had been weighed down with a brick which had been tied by wire around his neck.

Police were called in and a post mortem showed he had not drowned but had been strangled.

Mrs Bennett, who is recovering from a stomach cancer operation and who works shifts at the Convatec medical factory on the Deeside Industrial Park, said: "I couldn't believe it. We'd only had Bengi since last November and he was just five months old.

"Our children have grown up and he was our baby. He was lovely. He followed me around everywhere.

"We have no idea how long he had been in the pond - he could have been there all the time."

Ken, who works with industrial tanks, was in Portugal at the time Bengi went missing.

He said: "He was a very friendly little dog, very playful. The whole family loved him.

"Something like this makes you look over your shoulder when you go out through the door."

The couple said they were unaware of having any enemies.

They have lived in Gwernymynydd for 10 years and have a large garden at the back of their home. It is open with a lane and a public footpath running alongside.

"It is well used by walkers and others but we have never had any problem," said Mr Bennett.

Mrs Bennett initially put posters in local shops appealing for help in tracing Bengi. She added that other dogs had gone missing.

"I don't like thinking about what has happened. I just cannot believe it. We always keep all the doors locked.The neighbours just cannot believe it."

North Wales Police said they were investigating the "particularly despicable crime". Officers have appealed to the public for help in tracking down those responsible...SUPL:


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