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Snapchat 'not the bad guys' in dog microwave death probe, say police

11-week-old puppy Sparky (PSNI/PA)
11-week-old puppy Sparky (PSNI/PA)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Police have moved to clarify how a social network was bound by the law in not disclosing information to the police in a dog cruelty probe.

On Monday it emerged police were investigating reports of animal cruelty against an 11-week-old pup. Name Sparky, police believe he was hit with a hammer and then put in a microwave.  His remains were found in a bin.

A 23-year-old man is set to appear in court. During their appeal for information on social media speculation over the incident reached fever pitch. Many asked the police why they could not access data from Snapchat. It was thought the incident was posted on the social network.

Police said Snapchat would only share information in relation to certain suspected crimes, and the images concerned did not fall into one of those categories.

After a petition was launched urging the social network to release the information police again took to Facbook to stress Snapchat was not "the bad guys".

"It's important to clarify yet another falsehood: Snapchat are not "refusing to cooperate". The query earlier was answered by saying that due to data protection and human rights laws that they won't release data for what are deemed to be low level crimes.

"Like it or not, this falls into that category. Snapchat are NOT the bad guys in this, and like us are merely bound by law."

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