A family dog is expected to be left scarred after an acid attack.
A corrosive liquid was poured the back of the dog called Fergie in a horrific attack in Northern Ireland.
Detectives in Downpatrick are appealing for information the report of animal cruelty in the Castlewellan Road area of Newcastle, Co Down on Wednesday night.
Detective Inspector Debbie Eakin said it was reported that a noxious liquid was poured over a dog in the area.
"It is believed that the liquid caused the skin of the dog to burn," she said.
"The dog has been taken to a local vet for treatment to its injuries."
SDLP councillor Laura Devlin, who knows Fergie's owners, said the local community have been outraged since news of the sickening attack and people have been rallying round the family.
"I am shocked and appalled to hear about the investigation into animal cruelty in Newcastle," she said.
"Since the news of this incident broke the local community have been in uproar and are rallying around the family concerned. This is deeply disturbing and worrying for the whole area, but is in no way reflective of the community. Little Fergie is back at home with his family but likely to be scarred.
"I would appeal to anyone with any information in respect of this very heinous attack to contact local police immediately."
The attack comes after two men set a pet dog on fire in Co Antrim in 2012.
Three-year-old collie Cody had to be put to sleep after she was doused in accelerant and set alight in a quarry near Maghaberry, in a case that caused shockwaves across Northern Ireland.