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Vet says acid attack on dog in Newry 'worst case of animal cruelty' he has seen

It was suggested on social media that the dog was a family pet and called Patch. Picture from Facebook

A VET has told of how an acid attack on a dog in Newry was the "worst case of animal cruelty" he has seen.

Liam Fitzsimons said he had no choice but to euthanize the Staffordshire terrier after it was found with severe injuries in the Pound Road area.

He told last night of how he "could smell the burning off the animal and the skin was falling away" after it was brought into his practise following the suspected acid attack on Tuesday evening.

It is believed the dog was attacked with acid. Picture from BBC

It was suggested on social media last night that the dog was a family pet and called Patch.

The family pet was found covered in burns by a woman who posted of the horror on social media.

"People don't deserve to have dogs," she wrote.

"Poor pet afraid of its life. Breaks my heart.

"The dog was blind in one eye and had a hole in her back leg, she was in pain, the poor pet."

Mr Fitzsimons said the dog had to be put down due to the "severity of its injuries".

"The dog’s tongue was ulcerated as it was licking the acid off of its skin," he told the BBC.

"In 30 years of practice, I have never seen anything like this. This is the worst case of animal cruelty I have ever come across."

He added: "I will take this case to my grave."

Police said they are investigating the attack on the animal, which "due to the severity of its injuries the dog had to be euthanized".

"Enquiries are ongoing," a spokesman said.

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