Man charged after collie 'cooked and fed to pet dog' in Northern Ireland
A man has been charged with animal cruelty offences over claims a pet collie was strangled, skinned and fed to another dog.
The shocking allegations emerged after a 27-year-old man was arrested in Co Down at the weekend.
The Belfast Telegraph understands the man was arrested after a woman known to him contacted police in Ards.
Her concerns related to an alleged incident at a house in the Kircubbin area on Friday, December 5.
Sources say the claims include that the animal was "cooked" before being fed to another dog.
The man was interviewed by officers before being charged and released on police bail.
It is understood that both dogs - believed to be the accused's pets - were recently purchased via internet buy and sell sites, according to sources.
The PSNI said last night: "A 27-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty, to appear at Ards Magistrates Court on January 3.
"As is normal, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS."