A WARWICK pet owner was left distraught after returning home to find his beloved dog had been bashed with a block of wood in a sickening attack.
Four-year-old Simba was left battered, distressed and with a broken leg that 'flopped' after the gutless attack on Saturday afternoon.
On the night of the attack, the German shepherd's owner came home from work to find Simba in the backyard in a "highly distressed state" with an "obvious right rear leg break".
The owner said Simba and his other German shepherd, Samantha were usually waiting for him at the front gate when he came home, but on this occasion were out of sight.
He found Simba in the backyard with the injury that was later diagnosed as a clean snap of the bone.
The owner immediately rushed the dog to the vet and faced the possibility of amputating Simba's leg.
They were told pinning the bone was risky due to the area of the break.
Police investigations in to to the incident determined the dog had been deliberately bashed by someone wielding a large piece of wood from the owner's yard.
Simba was hit multiple times; the proof in scratches that covered his body and a large, open gash on his chin.
The weapon, which normally stopped the dogs from escaping from under the yard's gate, was found in the owner's yard.
The owner and police agreed the wood had to have been physically picked up and moved by a person.
Police believe the attacker must have entered the yard by jumping the fence or hitting Simba from across it, as the gate had not been accessed.
The dog's owners, a young couple from Warwick, did not wish to be named,
They said they were faced with the option of having Simba's leg amputated or forking out over $6000 and travelling 100km to save it; they chose the latter.
Simba is now at in UQ Gatton's Small Animal Hospital, where his leg will be surgically repaired in coming days.
Warwick Police officer-in-charge Jamie Deacon condemned the act, calling for members of the public to come forward if they had any information.
"It's obviously a very disturbing offence," Senior Sergeant Deacon said.
"Particularly that someone would take to an animal and cause it intentional harm like this.
"We seek public support in trying to find the offender."
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour in Howard St, Rosenthal Heights between 2pm and 10pm Saturday July 9, are urged to come forward and phone Warwick police on 46604444.
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