Animal rights activists said that the Labrador named Charlie was burnt alive in Negombo by trespassers on a private property.
Vets had made attempts to save the life of the dog which suffered extensive burn injuries but the animal had died.
“Some maniac/s had gone to the dogs kennel in the early hours, doused the dog with kerosene, lit a match and set the dog on fire. The dog was screaming in agony and the owner was driving around the Negombo area trying to find a vet. Being in London, I contacted Shivanthi who immediately went to the scene. The dog jumped into her car to be taken to a vets for emergency treatment. This innocent, gentle soul lost his battle for life today after suffering immensely since the attack,” a Facebook post said.
The incident had reportedly taken place on the night of December 31st and the dog died the next day.
The Negombo Police are investigating the incident.
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