Pet dog’s ear severed with machete in violent home burglary

POLICE are on the hunt for a group of men after a pet dog’s ear was severed with a machete during a burglary at a home in Canberra.

Officers said the horrific attack happened about 10.50pm on Saturday March 17, when two men wearing balaclavas forced their way into a home in Watson.

The pair allegedly threatened the occupants of the home before a fight broke out and a gun was fired.


“A brief altercation occurred, resulting in a male occupant suffering a laceration to his head,” ACT police said in a statement.

“The victim’s dog had its ear severed with a machete and a firearm was discharged into the premises by an offender.”

Police believe the offenders were not acting alone and had assistance from others – they’ve since released face-fits of four men seen in the vicinity of the aggravated burglary.

Anyone who can identify the men or who has any further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.