Hunt for pup killer

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Phil Hickey and Lisa Thomas

A SPEAR­WOOD cou­ple whose 10-month-old pug Coco was found dead af­ter their home was bur­gled at the week­end say they are heart­bro­ken and are plead­ing for those re­spon­si­ble to come for­ward.

Tah­nee and Ne­bo­jsa Vuk­san were in Syd­ney for the week­end when their Nine­ham Av­enue home was bro­ken into Satur­day morn­ing, some­time be­tween 1.30am and 6.30am.

Trag­i­cally, neigh­bours found Coco’s body a short dis­tance from the home later that morn­ing. Mrs Vuk­san told Seven

News her dog’s death had dev­as­tated her fam­ily.

“They say a dog be­comes part of the fam­ily but she was our fam­ily; she was my baby,” she said.

“You plan your life around your an­i­mals. You do your re­search and do so much to pro­tect them and then some­one comes into your house and takes them. “It’s dev­as­tat­ing.” Mr Vuk­san said what was meant to be a nice week­end away in Syd­ney had turned into a night­mare.

He said Coco’s death had caused stress for his wife, who is six months preg­nant.

“We’re just heart­bro­ken, ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken,” he said.

“We don’t need this stress at the mo­ment.

“We just want who­ever did this, we just want them to be caught.

“This per­son is an ab­so­lute an­i­mal, they shouldn’t be on the street.

“If you can do that to a lit­tle puppy, you are not hu­man.”

Mrs Vuk­san said the cou­ple’s wed­ding al­bum had also been stolen dur­ing the bur­glary.

“At the end of the day, pos­ses­sions can be re­placed but lives can’t,” she said.

“Even though Coco was just a pug, she was more to us. To come into some­one’s house and then hurt their fam­ily mem­ber; do you have any re­morse?”

Coco’s death has caused out­rage on so­cial me­dia, with many peo­ple call­ing for tougher penal­ties for peo­ple who abuse or kill an­i­mals.

The cause of Coco’s death is still un­clear but po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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