Memorial for murdered Sheffield dog

A vigil was held at Skye Edge, Sheffield, for the murdered dog Isacc
A vigil was held at Skye Edge, Sheffield, for the murdered dog Isacc
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Mourners gathered on a windswept hillside to pay tribute to a murdered pet who was seized, tortured and set on fire in Sheffield - on the anniversary of his death.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Issac died last February after he was taken from a party, brutalised and set alight in Skye Edge.

A 28-year-old man was arrested last year but no one has ever been charged with the horrific attack which shocked animal lovers nationwide.

And recently the Crown Prosecution Service said it didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute anyone.

On Saturday, dog lovers gathered at the spot where Issac’s body was discovered on Manor Laithes Road.

They laid flowers at the wooden cross which marks the spot where he died and tied helium balloons to his memorial.

Stephanie Sykes, from Handsworth, who helped set up the Justice for Issac Facebook group said: “It was a lovely, sunny but windy day. A lot of us never met Issac but we are all dog lovers and we were so upset about what had happened that we wanted to try and do something.

“We are campaigning for stricter penalties for those who are convicted of animal cruelty offences and we have become good friends since this happened.

“We still keep in touch with each other and we wanted to do something to remember Issac.

“We tidied up the area, trimmed the grass and found all Issac’s toys and his collar were still at the spot from last year.”

She added: “I was amazed that so many people came together who never met Issac.

“People are still very angry about what happened.”

At the end of the memorial a dog walker came down the steps with a brindle Staffordshire Terrier like Issac.

She said: “He greeted us and wagged his tail - it was really surreal.”

Log on to www.facebook.com/pages/WE-WANT-Justice-for-issac/111713779015909 for details of the campaign.