'Whoever beheaded my poor Chihuahua should suffer the same as he did'
A Wicklow man has denied killing his pet chihuahua by chopping off its head.
Gardai have launched an investigation after Kieran Keogh (42) and his partner Andy found their dog Mousey dead in the back garden of their home in Rathdrum last Friday.
Its head had been cut off and wasn't discovered until the following day.
Speaking exclusively to the Herald yesterday, a clearly upset Kieran denied having anything to do with his dog's demise and revealed that investigators had asked him if he was involved after he reported the gruesome incident.
"The guard actually asked if I took my own dog's head. I told him I'm not going to kill my dog so I can blame someone else," he said.
He described the events leading up to the horrific find: "It all started when I left my house on Friday morning with my partner. We went to Avoca and didn't come back until a few hours later.
"Usually my chihuahua would come running up to my back door whenever he hears me coming back.
"However, there was no sign of him at all and he wasn't responding when I called his name.
"After having a quick look around the garden I went into my kitchen to boil the kettle.
"I then noticed that my other dog was hitting her paw against something in the garden.
"I then went out and found Mousey's body with no head. I was sick to my stomach once I made the discovery.
"The guards said if he was killed in the garden there would have been blood everywhere, but there was none at all."
After finding his beloved pet headless in his back garden, Mr Keogh searched his neighbourhood frantically throughout the night looking for his head.
"At about 1am the following morning I went searching the entire estate and didn't get back until about 4.55am," he said.
When he returned home, he discovered Mousey's head left on the back doorstep.
"When I put the backyard light on, there he was with his little tongue sticking out and eyes looking up at me," he added.
"I've never been so sick in my life. He had only just turned three.
"His head was cleanly cut off which meant he couldn't have been attacked by a larger animal.
"I then buried it in my garden in the grave I made for Mousey."
Mr Keogh, who owns a number of dogs, said he had not been able to sleep since the horrific incident, adding "Whoever did this deserves to have their own head cut off."
Gardai in Ashford and Rathdrum are investigating the incident.
They are looking at a number of lines of inquiry regarding potential motives for the beheading.
Mr Keogh said he did not know why anyone in the area would carry out such an act.
"I have no idea how anyone could have done this.
"I have no grievances with anyone in my estate," he said. "I just want justice at this stage."
Gardai have already interviewed Mr Keogh and his partner as part of their investigation. Officers have also visited the couple's back garden where Mousey was deposited after being beheaded.
Gardai have asked anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the Brewery Bends estate or the Rathdrum to Avoca road to call Wicklow Garda Station on (0404) 67107.