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Acid attack on dog in Newry 'worst case of cruelty' vet has seen

Liam Fitzsimons, of the Newry Veterinary Centre
Liam Fitzsimons, of the Newry Veterinary Centre
The dog he put down after an acid attack

By Staff Reporter

A vet who was forced to put down a dog attacked with acid has said the episode is "the worst case of animal cruelty" he has ever come across.

Liam Fitzsimons, of the Newry Veterinary Centre, spoke out after the animal, believed to have been a family pet called Patch, was brought to his practice on Tuesday evening.

The injured dog was found by a local woman in the Pound Road area of Newry the same day.

Police confirmed the dog had to be put down due to the "severity of its injuries".

The PSNI has launched an investigation into the incident.

Mr Fitzsimons said he had no option but to put the animal to sleep.

"You could smell the burning off the animal and the skin was falling away. The dog's tongue was ulcerated as it had been licking the acid off its skin," he told the BBC.

"In 30 years of practice, I have never seen anything like this."

The vet added that the sight of the injured Staffordshire terrier had brought a veterinary nurse to tears.

"I will take this case to my grave," Mr Fitzsimons said. "There is a monster on the loose in Newry. If they can do this to a dog, they can do it to a human."

Local independent councillor Gavin Malone, who visited the woman who found the dog, said she had been left "devastated" by the incident.

"There has been ongoing problems in the area with antisocial behaviour," he added.

"I think it (the attack) was down to sheer badness."

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