A family dog was beaten to death in front of horrified children after a man armed with a cricket bat was allegedly trying to save his own smaller pet.
The man, who was called to help after a group of dogs got into a 'play fight', beat the bigger canine over the head with the bat, eventually killing it.
Vanessa De Alvia, the owner of the dog, was at the shops near her home in Canberra, Australia, when the attack happened.
Her children had opened the door for a neighbour, who had brought round her small pug, when Vanessa's two pets escaped.
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