POLICE fear a man found mutilated in his own home last week may have had his genitals fed to his beloved pet dog.

Cops said Stephen Prudhoe, 49, of Chester, was discovered on Wednesday with his genital area removed.

But they were not found at the scene and officers now believe they may have been eaten by Milo, the victim's Jack Russell terrier cross.

A post mortem showed Mr Prudhoe had died of a heart attack and was also suffering pneumonia, but Cheshire Constabulary have set up a murder investigation into what may have caused the death.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Marsden explained: "The forensic investigation indicates that a sharp bladed instrument was used to detach the whole genital area from the body.