Logan (9) grieves for beloved Buster

INCONSOLABLE. . . . Limavady mum Julie Campbell tries to console her 10 years-old son Logan, after their pet dog 'Buster' was found hanged to a pole in the family's back garden. 1910JM33
INCONSOLABLE. . . . Limavady mum Julie Campbell tries to console her 10 years-old son Logan, after their pet dog 'Buster' was found hanged to a pole in the family's back garden. 1910JM33
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A nine-year-old boy whose beloved pet dog was found hanged outside his Limavady home says he doesn’t understand how anyone could be so cruel. Sheena Jackson reports.

The horrific disovery was made by Logan Campbell’s mum, Julie when she opened her kitchen blinds at breakfast time yesterday. Sometime overnight on Monday and 7.30am on Tuesday the dog, named Buster, was hung from his lead on a metal pole in the back yard.

Young Logan had been bought the Jack Russell dog as a birthday present from his dad two years ago. Logan, who turns 10 at the end of the month, says he misses his pet that he “loved millions”.

Speaking as his mum prepared to move the family from their home, brave Logan said: “I used to walk him and he loved cuddles. I called him Buster because he was fast and sparky. Whoever did this, well people should tell their names and send them away to be punished.”

Logan’s mum said since news of the gruesome act yesterday, she has been inundated with support from friends, family and strangers.

What happened to the family pet is the latest in a string of attacks on her Drumachose Park home, she says. She has now found another house and the family will be moving out.

“We’re just devastated,” said the Limavady mum-of-three. “I grew up in this estate and now we have to move. All my family and friends are here. Now we have to pack up and go.”

Julie, who says there should be stiffer penalties for those who commit cruelty to animals says she’s been “blown away” by a gesture from a neighbour who set up the ‘Justice for Buster’ Facebook page online. There are also moves to create a reward for information leading to the dog’s killers, through the Facebook page.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

(See Friday’s Journal for more coverage on ‘Justice for Buster’)