Read the devastating story of how cops were forced to SHOOT a six-month-old Staffie puppy to put it out of its misery after owner allegedly locked him in a cage and set it on fire
- A six-month-old puppy was shot by police after allegedly being set on fire
- The puppy was discovered after emergency crews had put out a Sydney unit fire
- Found suffering from severe burns on unit balcony in Lurnea in city’s south-west
- Puppy has been euthanised and the home’s 39-year-old male occupant arrested
- Police humanely put the puppy down by shooting it as dog was ‘so badly burned’
A six-month-old puppy who suffered severe burns after allegedly being set on fire by its owner while locked in a cage was shot dead by police at the scene to put it out of its misery.
Police and fire crews rushed to a unit on Wonga Road in Lurnea in Sydney’s south-west just after 3.20am on Friday morning after reports of a fire.
The blaze – which caused significant damage to the unit – was extinguished and the puppy was then found in a cage on the balcony suffering from severe burns.
So badly injured was the dog that officers were forced to humanely put him down at the scene, knowing nothing could be done to save his life, a New South Wales Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It was so badly burned it couldn’t be taken to a vet,’ the spokeswoman said.
Police believe the puppy is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
A six-month-old puppy, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, had to be put down after allegedly being deliberately set on fire by its owner (file image)
A 39-year-old man was arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station.
He has been charged with committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal and damaging property by fire.
He was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.
Daily Mail Australia understands the accused told police the puppy was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The puppy was found suffering from severe burns in a unit on Wonga Road in Lurnea in Sydney’s south-west after emergency crews extinguished a fire at the apartment just after 3.20am on Friday morning
Neighbours had evacuated before emergency crews arrived and there have been no further reports of injuries.
A crime scene has been established as inquiries continue.