Emmerdale fans were horrified tonight after a much-loved Dingle was brutally slaughtered.
Sam Dingle discovered a member of the family had been killed in the night in bloody scenes.
Terrified Sam made a frantic call to Lydia and Belle, who dashed back home after hearing the devastating news.
Viewers were given a close-up shot of Sam’s shaking hand – which was worryingly covered in blood.
When Lydia and Belle returned home they thought Sam had been harmed, but the shocking reality was much worse.
Horrified Sam made a shocking discovery at home
His hands were covered in blood
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Revealing who was dead, Sam explained: "It’s not mine – it’s Gloria. I’m sorry."
When Lydia asked if it was an accident, emotional Sam shook his head.
Gloria, the beloved Dingle family pig, had been butchered by a mystery animal killer.
Lydia and Belle rushed home to find out what had happened
Sam was left with blood on his hands
Hysterical Belle, who had accused Lachlan White of being behind the recent concerning events, realised that she had been right all along.
Worked-up Belle immediately pointed the finger at her murderous ex-boyfriend – despite him being behind bars.
Sam apologised to his sister for not believing that Lachlan was behind the break-in, dead flowers and birthday card.
Poor Gloria was slaughtered in her pen
Belle screamed: "Killing an innocent animal to scare us, that is sick. Lachlan knows what the pigs mean to us and he’s cruel enough to do it."
Realising enough is enough, Belle decided that the only way to stop the acts of revenge would be to visit Lachlan in prison.
She said: "I know it’s Lachlan and I’m going to go see him. I need to talk to him and I need to find out the truth."
RIP to Gloria the pig
Shocked Emmerdale fans took to Twitter after the pig was killed.
One viewer cried: "Can’t believe they killed off Gloria the Pig.. the famous Dingle pig!"
Another added: "There’s been a murder!! Gloria the pig has been killed!!!"
A third said: "Some "swine" has killed Gloria!"
* E mmerdale airs tonight on ITV at 7pm
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