A dog was found burned alive in a public toilet – with police now hunting for the twisted culprit.
Cops were called to the Henderson County Fairgrounds in Nevada, the US, on Sunday afternoon, along with animal control.
The dog, called Duke, was identified by his rabies tag and matched with a pooch who had previously been reported as missing on social media, The Gleaner reports.
Henderson County Animal Control said in a statement: “Upon observation, it was clear the death had occurred during the night, approximately 12 hours prior to being discovered and that the dog had been intentionally burned alive.”
It added: “We are frightened and saddened to know someone capable of such a horrific and inhumane act of torture could potentially strike again.
“If you have any information, specifically pertaining to any vehicles seen in the Airline Road/Sam Ball Way intersection during the hours of 1-3 a.m. on June 7, please contact the HPD (Henderson Police Department).
“We are committed to working along with the public and HPD to bring this vile criminal to justice.
“This is a felony crime and possible violation of the recently enacted Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.
“We ask the public to please be vigilant and help us solve this terrible crime urgently.
“We will not allow Duke to be tortured and lost in vain.”
Earlier this month, harrowing pictures were released of a dog that nearly starved to death after it was left in its on faeces.
The pooch, called Fiona, was found tied up to a railing inside a flat in Wavre, Belgium, weighing about 7kg (1st), just a third of her normal weight.
She was rescued by the Sans Collier dog shelter where staff said the owner had “deprived her of food and tied her to a stair railing for several weeks”.
Fiona was reportedly in the empty flat in its own excrement and was in a state of hunger and “an advanced state of dehydration”.