04/05/2014 13:51 BST | Updated 04/05/2014 16:59 BST

Dog Tied To Tree And Set On Fire, Man Charged

A Scottish man has been charged with a number of offences after allegedly tying a Staffordshire terrier to a tree and setting it on fire in a a Kirkcaldy wood.

Post-mortem tests show the dog was probably alive when it was doused with a flammable liquid and ignited on 25 April.

The dog's owners are described as being "in bits".

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The area where the dog was found

Christopher McMahon told Fife Today: "When the police got back in touch to confirm that the dog was in fact Bruno, I was just in bits.

"The whole family are. He was a family pet and great with kids.

"What has happened is horrendous and I just can’t imagine anyone doing this to any animal."

A 23-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal and has been charged with a number of other offences.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Dursley said: "This has been a horrific crime. I would like to assure the public that the incident is isolated to the death of the dog in question and this investigation is not linked to any other acts of cruelty to animals."