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Police investigating reports puppy killed with hammer and placed in microwave in Co Armagh

The 11-week-old puppy was bludgeoned with a hammer and then put in a microwave. Picture by PSNI /PA Wire

A MAN is due in court today charged in connection with the death of a puppy which was allegedly bludgeoned with a hammer and put in a microwave in Co Armagh.

The 23 year-old is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates' Court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

A 16-year-old was also arrested in connection with the incident which police believe happened during a house party in Lurgan.

He has been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

The 11-week-old terrier breed pup, named Sparky, was allegedly killed in the Ailsbury Park area on Saturday.

It is believed footage of the alleged attack was shared on social media platforms.

Police said they had recovered the remains of "the little dog and a hammer".

It is understood the remains of the puppy were found in a bin.

The PSNI have appealed to anyone who saw the footage or has photographs of the attack to come forward.

DUP assembly member Carla Lockhart said there had been "condemnation and outrage from across the community," in the wake of the incident.

Ms Lockhart urged anyone with information about the death of the puppy to bring it forward to the PSNI.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: "We believe that a puppy was savagely attacked with a hammer, put in a microwave and then left in a wheelie bin on that evening."

He appealed for anyone at the party to come forward and speak to the police.

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