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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Man charged over puppy's cruel death

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Jonathan Bell

A man is due in court today in Northern Ireland accused of animal cruelty after a pup was allegedly killed in a horrific attack in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Last night police charged a 23-year-old man with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He is expected to appear at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

A 16-year-old male who was also arrested has been released on bail pending police enquiries.

There has been outrage after allegations that the 11-week-old dog named Sparky had been beaten with a hammer and put in a microwave.

Police have recovered a hammer as part of their investigation. Yesterday the PSNI launched an appeal to get "justice for Sparky".

"Whatever happened, it is obvious little Sparky suffered a horrendous death," the police said.

It's understood the alleged incident happened on Saturday at Ailsbury Park in the town. It's believed footage was filmed and put on Snapchat.

Irish Independent

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