Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man reported over dog fire death in Kirkcaldy

A 23-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal over the death of a dog which was tied to a tree and set on fire.

The dog, thought to be a Staffordshire terrier, was found dead in a wooded area of Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 25 April.

Police and the Scottish SPCA described the attack as a sickening act of cruelty which would have seen the dog suffer considerable pain.

Police said the man had been charged with a number of other offences.

He is currently in police custody.

Det Sgt Graeme Dursley said: "This has been a horrific crime. I would like to assure the public that the incident is isolated to the death of the dog in question and this investigation is not linked to any other acts of cruelty to animals."

There was a strong response after the initial police appeal over the incident and officers thanked the public for their assistance.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) charity offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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