This is appalling! In Craigavon, Northern Ireland, an 11-week-old puppy named Sparky was hit over the head with a hammer and then tossed into a microwave, resulting in his death. Police Service of Northern Island (PSNI) report that the details of the incident and accompanying videos were posted on social media platforms, including Snapchat. Sparky’s death understandably caused outrage from the local Craigavon community, as well as hundreds of animal lovers worldwide.

The two suspects, ages 16 and 23, have been arrested and questioned on suspicion of inflicting needless suffering and ultimately, death, on the puppy.


One of the suspects has since been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, thanks to substantial evidence. While Sparky’s horrific death shouldn’t have happened in the first place, we are glad he is getting justice.


“Animal cruelty will not be tolerated, and hopefully the last couple of cases in this district have demonstrated that these aren’t just words and that we will do everything we can to protect our furry friends, and get them justice where crimes are committed,” PSNI shared on their Facebook.

We are glad to see animal abuse taken seriously, considering how it’s strongly linked with other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and child abuse. Some incidents of animal cruelty go unreported because of a lack of understanding of what is considered neglect. There are signs to look out for when identifying animal abuse and neglect. It’s good to know the signs in case you ever come across an incident of animal abuse.

It’s also important to note that it can take more than reporting animal abuse to the authorities. To help in prosecuting the abuser, the best thing you can do is to document the details, dates, and times of any incidents and contact animal control immediately.


For a comprehensive hotline directory to help rescue abandoned, injured or stranded animals, check out One Green Planet’s animal rescue hotlines. It’s important to have handy should you ever come across an animal in need.

If the local Craigavon community hadn’t come together to bring justice for Sparky, his abuser may have walked!

Image Source: PSNI Craigavon/Facebook