South Scotland

Reward offered after chemical attack on dog in Dumfries

A four-figure reward has been put up after a corrosive liquid was thrown over a dog while it was in its kennel in Dumfries.

The lurcher suffered extensive burns and had to be put down.

It happened between 22:00 on Saturday and 01:00 on Sunday in the town's Babbington Drive.

The reward offered by Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Peta spokesman Ben Williamson said: "It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this takes measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.

"Animal abusers are a danger to everyone. They take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again."

Police Scotland described the incident as "a horrible attack on a defenceless animal".

PC Paul Whyte said: "I cannot imagine the suffering it must have gone through as a result of this.

"We are pleased to hear that Peta have offered a reward and can only hope that this helps bring those responsible for this attack to justice."

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