A dog was found dead inside a pub that had been the target of an armed robbery.
Armed men stormed into the boozer on Tuesday night before threatening a group who were inside.
A man and two women inside the Queens Arms pub in Wallasey, one in their 20s and another in their 30s, were threatened by thugs wielding a hammer and a knife.
The man was injured when one of the armed assailants stuck a knife through the letterbox while attempting to gain entry at the rear of the pub.
After threatening the occupants, the armed men stole cash and alcohol before making their escape, Liverpool Echo reports.
After Tuesday’s terrifying robbery, Merseyside Police confirmed that a dog was found to have died inside the pub.
The cause of the dog’s death is not yet known.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that a dog was found dead inside the property, but it was not dead as a result of the robbery.”
Officers from the RSPCA also attended the pub following the dog’s discovery.
A spokesperson for the animal charity said: “We attended the Queens Arms pub yesterday after Merseyside police informed us about a dog which had sadly been found dead at the property.
“We have taken the body away to have a post mortem carried out to ascertain the cause of death.
“We will be working with the police as enquiries continue.”
An investigation into the armed robbery is now under way and anyone with information is urged to come forward and contact police.
CCTV, forensic and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out in the area in the hopes of identifying the men involved.
Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “We would appeal to anyone who was in the Liscard Village area at around 11.30pm on Tuesday night or saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us.
“They may have information which is vital to our investigation.
“I would also ask anyone who was in the area and mobile phone, dash cam or CCTV footage to contact us as they may be able to assist with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 21000489458.