Dog lovers turned out in force to honour a tragic pooch who was tortured and killed in Sheffield to show a united front against animal cruelty.
Swarms of people brought along their four-legged friends for a Crufts-style show organised in tribute to Issac, whose legs were broken before he was set alight after being stolen from a house in Wybourn.
The seven-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier was staying with owner Andy McNamara’s friends when he was snatched from a garden and led to scrubland. His bloodied body was discovered in Skye Edge.
Shocked pals of Andy, from Birmingham, rallied round and organised a dog show at Mosborough Miners’ Welfare Club in tribute to Issac.
Pooches strutted their stuff in front of a judging panel, with prizes dished out to the one with the waggiest tail, amongst other categories.
The Issac Memorial Trophy for best in show went to a Shar Pei named Kato, while prettiest bitch went to a Rhodesian ridgeback named Zolie and most handsome dog was a lurcher-cross Jasper.
But behind the furry frolics lay a serious message - with demonstrations from Support Dogs and Guide Dogs to encourage people to take a stand against cruelty to animals.
Hundreds of signatures were collected on a petition calling for ‘zero tolerance on animal abuse’, two years in prison for those convicted and the option of a lifetime ban on owning pets.
Andy, aged 45, who made the trip to Sheffield for the event, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had a great turnout. The weather didn’t even put people off.
“I’ve been absolutely awestruck by how people in Sheffield have responded. The support has been absolutely brilliant.
“It has been very comforting for me.
“I suffer with agoraphobia so I usually have trouble in big crowds but so many people had come along with their dogs, it was lovely to see that something positive can come out of it.
“This has all been done on my behalf, or Issac’s behalf and I’m so thankful.”
Co-organiser Sam Greenwood said: “It was a brilliant day, very eventful and we were pleased with how it went.”
The group is inviting people to visit the online petition at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34522 and add their signature.