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Cruel kids slaughter beloved dog in latest violent act

A GRIEVING FAMILY: Sherrie Bell, Lucky Anthony and Julius Barnes lost their dog Porkie to violent kids. PHOTO: MARCO MAGASIC
A GRIEVING FAMILY: Sherrie Bell, Lucky Anthony and Julius Barnes lost their dog Porkie to violent kids. PHOTO: MARCO MAGASIC Marco Magasic

PORKIE was missing for four days before his owner Sherrie Bell found him dead behind her house.

She was on a walk with her five-year-old grandson Julius, who suffers from nightmares now.

They found Porkie with a big cut along his neck and covered in the poles a group of local children had used to beat him to death.

Sherrie said she had Porkie for 12 years and loved him like a child.

Sherrie's daughter Lucky Anthony said Porkie's slaughter was the worst chapter in a saga of torment inflicted by neighbourhood children.

Lucky said a group of kids picked on her mother because they knew she had lived alone.

They would taunt her, Porkie and her two other dogs, and throw rocks at her windows, and had even petrol bombed her.

"I grew up in South Grafton and you used to be able to walk around at night," Lucky said.

"Now you're going to get bashed by 12-year-olds.

"I won't let my son Julius ride his bike anymore."

A South Grafton resident who chose to remain anonymous said is was hard to know what to do with the kids who were causing the problems.

"Something needs to be open for them be active and to keep them out of trouble," he said.

"But then it is also up to the individual on how they raise their children."

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Lucky said the kids came from families where drugs, alcohol and domestic violence were a problem.

The resident said if you reported or tried to stop the kids they would target you next.

Lucky and the other South Grafton resident said they believed it was only a few children who were causing the most trouble.

However, they had heard one would go around catching cats and cutting off their tails and paws.

"I don't know what goes on in that kid's family environment," Lucky said.

"He's only 11."

An RSPCA inspector came out the next day to look at the scene.

The RSPCA was unable to reply before The Daily Examiner's deadline.

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