Shocked and huddled together for safety, these puppies are lucky to be alive after being saved from an act of almost unbelievable barbarity.
A gang of youths had seized the seven-week-old brother and sister and were slowly roasting them over a bonfire on a canal bank.
Yelping in panic and distress as their fur began to burn, the pair struggled desperately to escape the children’s clutches.
The commotion attracted a walker who ran over to the bonfire and ordered the gang to release them immediately.
Melanie Johnson, 32, said: ‘I just could not believe the cruelty being shown by these kids. If I hadn’t turned up, I think they would have burned the dogs alive.’
Miss Johnson, from Rochdale, added: ‘Most of the kids were aged 12, 13 or older. But some were as young as ten. I was ripping mad and still am to think that anyone – least of all children – could do this.’
She took the two puppies from the bank and carried them to the safety of her home before wrapping them in a towel and taking them to an RSPCA shelter.
The cross-bred pups were examined by a vet after the incident in Newbold, Rochdale on Friday and were found to be in generally good health.
Jean Spencer, the RSPCA shelter manager, said: ‘The puppies are only seven weeks old and still smelled of smoke from the bonfire when they arrived.
‘The fur on one of them was singed and the other has a small hernia. Fortunately, they are going to be fine.’
She added: ‘To think that children could be so cruel is really disgusting. The puppies are absolutely gorgeous. Everyone here has fallen in love with them.’
The male puppy has been named Guy and his sister Cinders.
They will now go to a shelter in Halifax to be re-homed.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
What? Why? WTF?
17 thoughts on “Gang of children caught slowly roasting puppies over bonfire”
burning puppies is hardly the worst thing that is going on in this world right now.
That may be true, but it doesn’t diminish the horror of this story, for both the puppies and the kids.
@Anonymous: You sir are a freaking chode! Cruelty of any kind is wrong! Sadly this just begs the question of what the hell are we teaching kids!
Senseless torture of any kind is disgusting, rotten bastards should loose a finger or two.
geez, it’s just a couple of dogs
@Anonymous: You’re right, burning kittens is worse.
And these motherfuckers [kids] should be roasted.
geez, it’s just the willful and intentional act of causing pain, panic and suffering in another living thing. I mean, if it’s no big deal for defenseless stupid animals, then they can move on to toddlers next week, right?
Toddlers are acceptable, yes.
What? Why? WTF?
The Lord of Flies tell them to do so.
This reminds me of a story I heard a couple of years ago. These two teen boys hog tied a puppy, spray painted it, then baked it in an oven. They should have had the same done to them.
These kids should be raped with barbed wire.
Cancer was invented for people like you.
@Dreth: You are a sick individual and pretty frikken funny too.
I’m more disturbed by the supposed adults in this thread, posting comments that show an utmost lack of decency. Disturbing.
I take it back. Burning puppies is more disturbing.
This is absolutely horrible. This, to me, is akin to throwing babies in dumpsters, and leaving them.
I understand that quite a bit of this outrage would be assuaged though, had these not been cute animals… but something like a possum. I doubt this would have made news had this been a couple of rats.
Their parents are probably drug/alcohol abusers, or they have no parents at all…
I know some druggies that let kids watch scary movies at at 1-6…it’s terrible…some people need to have a license to have kids, seriously. And they need to make the tests real hard to fake…