A beloved family pet was found with his neck broken, just yards from his back door.
The short haired rescue cat, called Toby, was killed while playing in a field near his home in Ayr.
And his owners believe that he may have been mauled to death by dogs who were seen running loose in the building site field behind Castle Square, Greenan.
Devastated owner Kerry McGee said: “Toby was a real part of the family and we’re so upset by what has happened.
“We knew something wasn’t right when he didn’t come home, so we spent all night out searching and calling his name.
“It wasn’t until the following night that we found him lying in the field behind our house and his neck was broken.”
Kerry says one witness had reported seeing two dogs roaming loose around the field.
She added: “The account was quite vague, but the person said that no owner of the dogs appeared to be in the vicinity.
“Finding Toby’s body in that condition was extremely traumatic and to think that he may have met his death like that is very upsetting.
“We really hope it was an isolated incident as we wouldn’t want any other family to go through the heartbreak that we have.
“We just want to bring it to people’s attention in case dogs are being allowed to run loose and they attack again.”
The incident happened on Sunday, October 21, between 6pm and 7.30pm.
If anyone has information call Ayr police on 01292 664000.