Stokes County family heartbroken after two beloved Yorkies found dead

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Joy Sexton is mourning the loss of her two Yorkies, Lulu and Bentley, found dead Thursday morning in her pool.

"[My husband] came in and woke me up and said, 'I found them, someone had killed them and thrown them in the pool,'” Sexton said.

Sexton says she let the two dogs out Wednesday night to use the bathroom, but when they didn't immediately return she went looking for them.

"I came out here with a flashlight and I looked all around up and down the road and I couldn't find them," she said from her backyard on Poore Road near Sandy Ridge. "Then again, about 1 a.m., I come out again and I was all down in [the pool] area looking."

Sexton says her husband found them in the pool, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a place she says the two dogs never went near because they feared water.

There are no signs of injuries to the pets’ bodies and no sign the dogs tried to escape if they accidentally fell in.

"It's just hard to bear knowing that someone could be so cruel,” Sexton said.

Ben Hooker, with the Stokes County Animal Control, confirmed they are investigating but would not elaborate, only saying he hoped to have more information within two weeks.

"I got them right after my son was killed in 2009 to try to help bear with the pain in my heart," said Sexton. "They were just my heart."

Sexton says her grandchildren are taking it hard, especially her granddaughter Taylor.

"She cried again this morning before she went to school, she gets up and looks at their picture and then she starts crying again,” she said.

Now Sexton worries for the safety of her other pets and grandchildren.

"It makes me wonder what they would do to one of my kids, my grandchildren, I mean if they're that cruel to do that to an innocent poor little puppy that can't defend itself what would they do to a child?" she said.