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Dog tied to tree and set on fire in 'barbaric' attack

An attack on a dog has been described as "barbaric" after the animal was was tied to a tree, doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. Believed to be a Staffordshire terrier or Staffordshire cross, it was found dead in a wooded area of north Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Friday afternoon.

Animal welfare workers and police said the premeditated attack was a sickening act of cruelty which would have seen the dog suffer considerable pain before it died.

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: "This poor dog appears to have been killed in one of the most barbaric ways possible."

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the dog. Police said that so far it has been possible to work out what colour its coat was.