Racist neighbours shave swastika into dog's head

The owners say the traumatised Chihuahua's swastika was a joke.
The owners say the traumatised Chihuahua's swastika was a joke. Photo credit: KPNX

A US woman has been left stunned after discovering her neighbour's Chihuahua on her doorstop - with a swastika shaved into its head.

Images show the poor animal staring blankly at the camera, with the giant Nazi symbol carved into its fur.

The North Phoenix, Arizona homeowner - who doesn't want to be named - has three adopted interracial children, and said she was horrified at the message.

"She's thinking, 'What is this?'" her cousin Sally Andrade told KPNX.

"'Is this a message towards me? I have to protect my family.'"

Police arrived to check on the dog's health, over concerns it may have been abused and neglected.

The dog's owners say the swastika was a joke and they'll remove the symbol. The dog was returned to them.

But this isn't enough for the anxious family.

"We don't know where this is headed. It could've been a joke to the kids. If it is, where is it going to lead next?" Ms Andrade asked.

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