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Plea for tip-off on dog sadist.

Byline: By Emma Stone

COVENTRY RSPCA inspectors are convinced that someone in the Stoke area of the city knows the people responsible for a sickening attack on an elderly dog, which involved soaking the pet in battery acid.

City inspectors launched a fresh appeal for information this week and have said they are concerned the attackers could strike again.

Family pet Kim, aged 15, died of her injuries following the attack in Church Lane, Stoke, on August 18.

Her owners discovered a large, red, blistered area on her back. She was rushed to the vets, who believed the wound had been caused by acid, possibly battery acid.

Inspectors believe the acid could not have been thrown on the dog - but that she must have been held down while the substance was deliberately applied to her skin.

A RSPCA spokeswoman said: "We believe someone in the local area knows the person responsible for this attack. People think that it won't happen to their animal but these people have already done it to one dog, so there is nothing to stop them from doing it again. We would ask anyone with information to come forward."

Kim's owners are currently too distressed by the incident to comment.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Kate Garton, of the RSPCA, on 0870 55 55 999.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 30, 2007
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