Animal lovers outraged by a decision not to charge anyone over a sickening attack which left a pet dog dead have been warned not to take the law into their own hands.
Vigilantes making threats on social media sites have been told by South Yorkshire Police they will face prosecution themselves if they dole out their own punishment to a man arrested for the attack but then released.
The suspect, who was aged 28 at the time, was questioned but never charged.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said ‘protection measures’ have been put in place for the suspect in case threats are acted upon.
She added: “Officers are aware of comments that have been made on social media over the past few days.
“The public are warned not to take the law into their own hands, or police action will be taken.”
The remains of Staffordshire bull terrier Issac were found off Manor Laith Road, Skye Edge, last February. He had been beaten, tied to a tree, had his legs broken and been set alight.
Alan Gould, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “When making decisions in any case we must adhere to the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
“This requires us to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.
“In this case we did not have sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, and a decision was made not to charge.”