EXCLUSIVE: Owner ‘in bits’ after burned dog confirmed as pet Bruno


The owner of a dog burned alive in a Kirkcaldy wood has spoken of his family’s devastation at the sickening attack on their pet.

The remains of Bruno, a Staffordshire cross, belonging to Christopher McMahon, was discovered in Dunniker woods on April 25 by a couple who then alerted the police.

He was tied to a tree by his lead and doused with a flammable liquid before being set on fire.

Following port mortem tests that were carried out earlier in the week, there was evidence that the dog was still alive when he was set alight.

Bruno went missing on Thursday, May 24 from the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy.

On hearing about the act of cruelty, Christopher contacted the police as he believed that the dog may belong to him.

Christopher, who received Bruno as a Christmas present last year, said: “When I first heard about the dog via the local news, I contacted the police straight away.

“The information I gave them seemed to match, right down to the lead and harness that was found at the scene.

“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.”

The police are still investigating the brutal attack on Bruno and still need the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible.

PC Ian Laing, wildlife crime liaison officer for the Fife division of Police Scotland, said: “It is clear that this dog died in horrendous circumstances and will have endured considerable pain immediately prior to his death.

“It is essential that the public assist us in identifying who is responsible for this.

“Anyone who saw someone in the north Kirkcaldy area with a dog and a green petrol container is asked to contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also urge whoever is responsible to contact the police.”

Animal welfare group PETA is offering a reward of up to £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the attack.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.