Authorities have launched an investigation into the suspected burned alive body of a Shih Tzu in the wooded area of Mead Walk in Walker located in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Firefighters found the charred remains of the dog’s body on Wednesday afternoon after having been called to extinguish a fence on fire late in the afternoon.
According to the Chronicle, the dog’s body was taken for an examination at a local veterinarian, who found a microchip identifying the poor pooch as three-year-old Charlie. It is suspected the dog had been alive when he was wrapped and stuffed inside of a shopping bag and then ignited.
“This is really shocking and upsetting discovery,” stated RSPCA Inspector Cathy Maddison. “The fire service was called; they had no idea the horror they would discover once the fire was put out. At this stage we don’t know whether the dog was alive or not when the body was set on fire, which is horrific.”
The necropsy revealed the unaltered Shih Tzu mix was approximately three-years-old and had a cream and tan coat. His microchip identified his name, but did not contain any information as to his owner(s). Police released the posted image of the site where Charlie’s body was found hoping that someone can identify anything familiar with the area and if someone from the neighborhood saw anyone acting suspiciously on Wednesday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with police by calling 101.
“This incident took place in the middle of the day and we believe members of the public in the area would have seen those responsible,” stated Northumbria Police Inspector Paul Duncan. “It is a very distressing incident and we need to understand what has happened to this young dog.”
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