A young puppy has died of "horrific injuries" after it was hung over a low burning fire and "roasted alive".
The little 'Staffie' was found beside the Curragh Racecourse on Tuesday covered in dark marks, as a result of being "slowly cooked" for a prolonged period of time.
A jockey stumbled upon the animal and immediately called the Kildare West Wicklow SPCA (KWWSPCA).
The puppy - named Tony by volunteers - was writhing in pain and suffering from severe hyperthermia, after being dumped and left to die from his gruesome injuries.
Sections of fur and skin on his legs and body were almost completely burned off.
Volunteers initially thought dark marks on his paws may have been dirt.
However, upon closer inspection it was determined the marks were actually the charred remains of whatever was used to "hog tie him and hang him".
While being treated he suffered from facial tics and spasms as a result of neurological damage from the heat of the fire.
He was unable to bark, blink or make a noise due to the severity of his injuries.
The vets who treated him said his organs had slowly 'cooked' and failed over time.
The young pup died on Wednesday after vets and charity workers made him as comfortable as he could be.
The charity has informed Gardai of the incident but hopes that the perpetrators will be caught are slim.
An Animal Rights Action Network donor has offered a reward of €3,500 for information which leads to the conviction of those responsible.
Elsewhere, a seven-month-old colt foal was found abandoned on waste ground in Sligo town earlier this week.
Both sides of his neck had suffered massive puncture wounds.
The extensive injuries, which it is thought were over a week old, were only centimetres from his neck vertebrae.
ISPCA inspector Karen Lyons says she hopes the wounds will not become infected. She said the animal was found in an "extremely weakened state and in a great deal of pain".