Dog tied to tree and burned to death in Fife
A dog has been found dead after it was tied to a tree, doused in flammable liquid and set on fire in Fife.
It is understood it was a Staffordshire or Staffordshire cross although it is not possible at this stage to ascertain what colour its coat was.
It was found in a wooded area in the north of Kirkcaldy on Friday.
A post-mortem examination is to be carried out as part of Police Scotland's investigation into the dog's death.
PC Ian Laing, of Police Scotland said: "It is clear that this dog died in horrendous circumstances and will have endured considerable pain immediately prior to its death.
"It is essential that the public assist us in identifying who is responsible for this."
He added: "Anyone who is familiar with someone who had a dog such as this but has not seen it for a few days or who saw someone in the north Kirkcaldy area with a dog and a green petrol container is asked to contact us on 101.
"I have little doubt that most people will be horrified at what has taken place and anticipate a strong response from the public.
"I would also urge whoever is responsible to contact the police."
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: "This is an extremely sickening case of animal cruelty and we are keen to find those responsible for this dog's painful and violent death.
"It is unimaginable that anyone could be involved in such a cruel premeditated attack on an animal.
"This poor dog appears to have been killed in one of the most barbaric ways possible."