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Gizmo died a "cruel and painful" death, according to animal experts, in a clothes drying machine.
Silvia Schmidt, 49, took the pooch's still warm corpse and laid it outside her front door.
Gizmo died a "cruel and painful" death in a washing machine
Still warm and tumble dry!
The missive attached to the dead dog
Then she pinned a note to Gizmo's body which claimed the neighbours in the village of Gratkorn – with whom she had been feuding – killed him.
"Still warm and tumble dry!" read the missive.
She complained to police and blamed the neighbours she hated for killing Gizmo, her 15-year-old son's pet.
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But police smelled a rat and under questioning Schmidt broke down, claiming the dog had crawled undetected into a fabric sleeping basket she plunged into the 60 degree C dryer.
The woman is facing jail not only for the killing, but lying to police and wasting their time.
It is unclear whether she intended to kill the dog merely to pin the blame on the neighbours or if it was truly an accident.