Nobody is to be charged over the brutal killing of a dog tortured, beaten and burned to death on a Sheffield estate.
Police confirmed today no charges will be brought after a year-long investigation into the case – which shocked animal-lovers nationwide.
Staffordshire bull terrier Issac’s badly burned body was found on waste ground off Manor Laith Road, Skye Edge, last February after the trusting pup was stolen from a garden in Arbourthorne.
A 28-year-old man was initially arrested in connection with the crime – but a police spokeswoman has confirmed that no action will be taken.
She said: “South Yorkshire Police can confirm no charges will be brought in connection with the death of the dog.
“Officers conducted an extensive and thorough inquiry, including arresting a 28-year-old man, and have been in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service over the past year.
“Police would like to thank the public for their support throughout.”
Speaking exclusively to The Star, Issac’s owner, Andy McNamara, who lives in Birmingham, said today he was shocked.
“To be honest I’m completely gobsmacked. It’s a crying shame,” he said.
“But the evidence they had was circumstantial, and the police officer explained to me the CPS weren’t prepared to take it to trial.
“It has taken a long time to get to this point. I can’t blame the police. They’ve tried their hardest, but the CPS said there wasn’t enough solid evidence to convict the person who has done this.”
Nine-year-old Issac was being looked after by a friend of Andy’s in Sheffield when he was stolen.
The pet’s bloodied and charred body was later discovered on a path off Manor Laith Road, Skye Edge.
Following his death there was an outcry among animal lovers. Dozens of people flocked to a candlelit vigil held in Issac’s memory.
The Star was inundated with offers of money to be used as a reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer.
National charity Crimestoppers also offered up to £1,000 for information.
Andy and his supporters set up a petition calling for animal abusers to be subject to harsher sentences.
Andy said: “Whoever did this to Issac would have faced six months in prison, up to a £2,000 fine, and a five-year ban on keeping animals.
“We are still calling for longer jail terms for people who abuse and harm animals, and I would ask people who want to do something to sign our petition.”
Sheffield councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris agreed sentences for animal cruelty offences need to be tougher. She said: “I am saddened and deeply disappointed to hear no-one is to be prosecuted for this act of utter savagery.
“The police require clear evidence to proceed with any prosecution, and I would urge anyone who knows anything about who committed this crime to do the right thing and contact the police.
“People who are cruel to animals are cowards, as they see them as an easy target with no voice.”
No-one from the CPS was available for comment.
Log on to www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-isacc/ to sign the petition.