Kirkcaldy has witnessed two horrifying attacks on pets in just a matter of days - one of them branded ‘‘sickening and horrendous.’’
Just days after a dog was burned alive - an incident which made national headlines - came news a pet cat had been shot and killed.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested and remanded in custody in connection with the killing of the dog.
Bruno, a Staffordshire cross, was found burned alive in Dunniker Woods on April 25. He was tied to a tree by his lead before being doused in a flammable liquid then set on fire.
On hearing about the attack, his owner, Christopher McMahon, contacted the police as he believed the dog may be his.
He said: “When they confirmed that it was in fact our Bruno, I was just in bits. He was a family pet and great with kids.
“What has happened is horrendous -I just can’t imagine anyone doing this to any animal.”
Just days after the incident, the SSPCA issued an appeal when a cat was found shot dead in a wooded area close to Ailsa Grove.
Steven Gray, Scottish SPCA senior inspector, said: “The owners became concerned when Casper didn’t return home. His body was discovered the next day. A post mortem revealed that he had a pellet in his abdomen which was likely to be the cause of death.
“His owners are understandably distraught as he was very much thought of as a family member.”
Mandie McKenzie, who lives on the same street as the owners, said: “I always saw the cat in my back garden. It was always very friendly. I hope they catch the person who shot it. What a sin!”
PC Laing, wildlife crime liaison officer for the Fife division of Police Scotland, urged people to come forward with information.
He said: “We are working closely with the Scottish SPCA, but we also need the help of the public with our investigations.”
In Glenrothes, a local vet reported two cats from the same area of the town being brought in with advanced symptoms of anti-freeze poisoning. Both were put down.
Police and Scottish SPCA are now investigating these attacks.
If you have information about any of these cases contact Police Scotland on 101 or the SSPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.