TWO schoolboys have been arrested as part of a police investigation into the horrific killing of a family’s pet dog.
Kenzy, a cross Lakeland terrier, escaped from the family home in Monach Road, Owton Manor, in the early hours of Sunday, June 15.
After searching for her dog for two days, owner Michelle Remmer was left devastated when she was told her beloved pet had been tortured, killed and then torched near to a nearby farmtrack.
The horrific story caused outrage when it appeared in the Mail, and Michelle has been inundated with messages on her Facebook page from people who have been left sickened by the incident.
Information was also passed onto investigating officers before they took both boys, aged 11 and 16, in for questioning.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Two boys, 11 and 16, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and are currently in police custody.”
Mum-of-two Michelle said: “I have had lots of messages from people from different places.
“I passed the information which I was given on to the police.
“The reaction has been unbelievable since the story came out last week, I’m really grateful for all the messages of support.”
Kenzy’s lifeless body was recovered from the farmtrack by RSPCA officials, and tests are still being carried out to determine the ordeal the helpless dog was subjected to in the build-up to her death.
Michelle added: “Hopefully the police and the RSPCA will be able to get some answers for me, because someone needs to be brought to account for what they have put Kenzy through.”
Anyone with any information can contact Cleveland Police on 101.