Reward to help catch Falkirk dog killer

The terrier-type dog was savagely beaten before being dumped in the canal basin at the Falkirk Wheel
The terrier-type dog was savagely beaten before being dumped in the canal basin at the Falkirk Wheel

A charity and an animal lover have pledged rewards in a bid to find the person responsible for a “barbaric” attack on a dog.

Members of Larbert-based Save A Staffie Scotland and businessman Scott McClung from Denny have both offered £500 in return for information leading to a conviction.

It appears the dog was savagely beaten to death before the body was callously discarded in the Forth and Clyde Canal basin at the Falkirk Wheel.

The story shocked the community last week after the Herald revealed details of the March 2 discovery of the black and white terrier’s body by British Waterway patrol staff on its website.

A post-mortem revealed the animal had a severely fractured skull, multiple broken ribs and was badly bruised. The cause of death was found to be from head trauma.

SSPCA staff believe it had been beaten by a hammer, or forceful kicks, and that his suffering was “prolonged”. Staff described the cowardly attack as “barbaric”, “brutal” and “savage”.

Marion Stewart from Save A Staffie Scotland said: “Members were so horrified by this unbelievable act of cruelty that we wanted to help catch whoever is responsible.

“Anyone who can do this to a dog is capable of doing it to a human and needs to be caught. We can’t sit by and let things like this happen.”

Father-of-five Scott McClung (45), who owns Denny-based SDS Logistics, has a golden labrador and has previously owned five boxers .

He said: “Our family has always had dogs and we just can’t believe that someone could do this to an innocent animal. This person should get what they deserve.”

The SSPCA, which has powers pf prosecution in cases of animal cruelty, is urgently appealing for information.

Inspector Leanne McPake said: “We are very grateful to the people who have offered this substantial reward to help our investigation.

“Unfortunately we are not following any positive leads and we would still urge anyone with information to report it.

“We hope the £1000 reward will encourage someone to come forward if they know who is responsible for this horrifying act.”

Crimestoppers Scotland said: “We would encourage anyone with information about this horrific dog attack to come forward and contact the independent charity Crimestoppers Scotland anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information securely via the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

“We don’t record or trace calls and you won’t have to make a statement, be a witness or go to court.”

SSPCA APPEAL FOR INFORMATION

The SSPCA is anxious to identify the owner of the dog, thought to be a young adult and wearing a thin leather collar.

The dog was small and un-neutered. CCTV at the Falkirk Wheel is being reviewed.

Inspector Leanne McPake said: “We are very keen to find whoever is responsible for carrying out this horrifically cruel and brutal attack on a defenceless dog.”

Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Anyone found guilty can be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Anyone with information on animal cruelty is urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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