Supporters of a dog lover whose pet was tortured and killed in Sheffield are holding a show in the pet’s memory.
Issac, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was snatched from a garden and led to scrubland off Manor Laith Road, Skye Edge, where he was tied to a tree before his legs were broken and he was set alight.
Now friends of the pet’s owner, Andy McNamara, have organised a dog show in Sheffield in seven-year-old Issac’s memory – to raise awareness about animal cruelty.
The event will take place on Sunday, from 11.30am until 5pm, at Mosborough Miners’ Welfare Club, Station Road, Mosborough.
Samantha Woodward, organiser, said: “It’s a little fun dog show with a barbecue, bar, bouncy castles, slides and sumo wrestling.
“We are having a demonstration from Support Dogs and Guide Dogs, but the main aim of the show is to push our animal cruelty petition to try to get signatures to make sentencing tougher.”
The petition – at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34522 – calls for ‘zero tolerance on animal abuse’, two years in prison, and the option of a lifetime ban.
Classes for the dog show include best puppy, best veteran and best rescue dog.
There are also fun categories including waggiest tail, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best trick and sweetest expression.
The Issac Memorial Trophy will go to the best dog in show – which will be judged by Andy.
Andy said: “It’s a lovely idea to hold the show in Issac’s memory.
“We want to get as many people as possible to sign the petition.”
Issac had been staying with Andy’s friend Rachelle Bannister-Hind, while Andy, from Birmingham, worked away.
He was stolen from a party in Wybourn, before his bloodied and charred body was later discovered in Skye Edge.
A candlelit vigil in his memory was attended by dozens of animal lovers.
n A 28-year-old man has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.