POLICE are investigating the shocking mutilation of a family dog in Victoria's Wimmera region.
The Wimmera Mail Times reports that a person took a pet pomeranian from a yard in Nhill, about 375km northwest of Melbourne, and cut the animal in half between 7pm on Friday and 11am on Sunday.
The owner found one part of the dog thrown over a fence, police Sgt Nelson Barwise told the paper.
"The family who owned the dog are obviously very distressed by what has happened; they feared their two-year-old daughter could have found the remains," Sgt Barwise said.
"It appears the animal has been deliberately cut in half with a sharp implement and the remainder of the animal's body has not been located."