A dog that was cruelly skinned with a knife at the hands of its owner has been rescued after neighbours heard the pup howling in pain.
Horrifying pictures show the extent of El Apolo, a dog living in the city of Hermosillo, the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora.
Local media claim the dog was found with severe burns on its back alongside two large L-shaped cuts likely to have been produced with a sharp weapon.
Neighbours rushed to the dogs aid, where one witness allegedly saw its owner “with a knife in one hand and the bleeding dog in the other.”
The burns all over El Apolo’s body are believed to have been caused by hot water and appear to be more than a day old, suggesting the animal has been harmed before.
El Apolo is now being care for at a specialist veterinary hospital, and medics have said he has responded positively to treatment.
A complaint has been filed by the suspect’s neighbours against the man to the AC de Hermosillo Rescue Centre to the Specialised Public Ministry Agency.
Police also investigated the matter and after seeing the state of the dog’s body, have issued a warrant to the suspect on charges of animal abuse.
Animal abuse is classified as a severe crime in Sonora and those found guilty can face jail time.
People found to have endangered the life of an animal can receive fines or up to three years behind bars.
Fines can reach up to 32,000 Mexican Dollars, which is the equivalent to £1,126.