Two men arrested after puppy allegedly beaten with hammer and put into microwave
This is absolutely shocking.
The PSNI have arrested two men and are carrying out a thorough investigation into the horrific death of a puppy in Lurgan in Armagh last weekend.
The arrests were made following reports that the puppy was killed after being beaten with a hammer and put into a microwave by the two men; footage of the incident was reportedly circulated on Snapchat or other social media platforms.
On Tuesday morning, Jon Burrows of the PSNI confirmed that two men, aged 16 and 23, had been arrested and that the PSNI had recovered the remains of the dog and the hammer allegedly used in the incident.
We responded quickly to reports yesterday evening alleging an 11 week old puppy had been brutally killed in Lurgan with a hammer. We have arrested two male suspects aged 23 & 16 and recovered the remains of the little dog & a hammer. An very through investigation is on going.
— Jon Burrows (@PSNICIJBurrows) February 6, 2018
The PSNI have urged people with any information to come forward, particularly people who may have screenshots or videos of the footage that circulated on social media, evidence that will be the difference between an evidential case and pure hearsay.
Anyone that may be able with the investigation (incident number 1135 of 05/02/18) is urged to contact the PSNI on 101 (004428 9065 0222 from outside the UK).
UPDATE: On Tuesday evening, the PSNI released a statement saying that a 23-year-old man had been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to animals. He is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 7 February.
A 16-year-old male has been released on bail pending further police enquiries.
— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) February 6, 2018
Main image via Facebook/PSNI Craigavon