Tyne & Wear

Dumped dog set on fire in Newcastle woodland

Scene of the fire Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Firefighters were initially called to a fence fire

A dead dog has been dumped in woodland and then set alight, police have said.

The dog, believed to be a three-year-old male shih tzu crossbreed called Charlie, was discovered by firefighters in the Walker area of Newcastle at about 16:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Firefighters said they believe the dog, which had been wrapped in a bin bag, was dead when it was set alight.

The RSPCA said it was a "shocking and upsetting discovery".

RSPCA inspector Cathy Maddison said it was "horrific".

She said the dog had been micro-chipped, revealing the animal's name, breed and age but no further details.

Northumbria Police neighbourhood inspector Paul Duncan said it was a "distressing" incident likely to cause "anger and distress".

He appealed for witnesses or information.

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