A fund has been established in Cork to find the killers of a family dog, found with his throat cut.

Marvin, a five-year-old Jack Russell was left for dead in Mayfield, Cork. The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary has contributed to the fund, established to find the killers. So far they have raised $5,500.

The dog’s owner Sylvia McCarthy said the dog suffered wounds to his throat, legs and body.

McCarthy told the Irish Independent “I'm absolutely sickened by what happened.

"How can anyone inflict this type of pain and suffering on another creature?

"When the guards brought Marvin to the vet, his head was half cut off."

She also said “It’s the way he died. He was all cut underneath, he was cut down below, they tried to cut off his leg. They just missed the jugular vein by centimeters, if they had done it and killed him he would have been out of his misery but they just left him there. They tortured him.”

"What kind of people would do this?" - Reward offered to find dog killers in #Cork: http://t.co/50wTaztfHb #PKNT pic.twitter.com/WzQgNJXJ6b

— Newstalk 106-108fm (@NewstalkFM) August 18, 2015
The story came to like on the local radio station, Red FM. Police are now investigating the incident, which took place last Saturday.

Cllr O’Leary called the dog’s killing “sickening” and said the reward would be passed on to anyone who comes forward with information that results in a prosecution.

He said “This was a horrific act carried out on a family pet, I’m disgusted by the treatment of this dog. I don’t believe whoever did this should get away with it, I believe the full rigors of the law needs to be applied here, I don’t care what age this individual or individuals are.”

McCarthy said "They tortured him - that is what they did, pure and simple," Sylvia sobbed.

"We have spent the weekend crying our hearts out for Marvin. He didn't deserve this."