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Thieves 'steal and rape dog' in Berlin

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A Berlin woman was reunited with her stolen dog on Sunday only to discover that it had likely been sexually assaulted. There may be more than one attacker, vets said.

Kessie, a three-year-old mongrel, was stolen from outside an Edeka supermarket in the Neukölln area of Berlin while her owner was inside on Wednesday, the BZ newspaper reported.

Lena H. and her flatmate searched around before hanging up lost dog signs in the Herfurthplatz area. She received a call from an animal shelter in Lichtenberg on Thursday, saying her dog had been found trembling and tied to a fence.

But when Lena H. went to pick Kessie up, vets said the pet had very likely been sexually assaulted and had internal and external injuries of her abdomen. They could have been caused by more than one attacker, the BZ said.

After getting a second opinion, the 30-year-old owner learned that Kessie's “injuries could not have been caused by herself or by another dog,” Lena H. told the BZ.

Lena H. has placed a complaint with the police, citing theft and animal abuse. On Sunday, Kessie was said to be in a better condition physically, but the shock of the ordeal would take her a while to overcome, her owner said.

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