Arsonists set fire to a man’s scrapyard business and burned his dog alive.
The owner of Sutton Care Spares in St Helens wrote a heartbreaking post on Facebook sharing the news Scooby had died in the fire.
He said his other dog, Zulu, was ‘determined to get back into the fire’ after realising Scooby was still inside, suffering burned paws.
The post reads: ‘Message to the little gang of dog murdering rats.
‘I’m not bothered about you burning down our yard, I’m not bothered about us losing a enormous amount of money, that’s all trivial.
‘I’m not assed, shit happens, it can be replaced.
‘But what has bothered me is that you’ve burnt Scooby alive and killed him.
‘We took him in good hands a few days before. You rats.
‘I was suspicious why our other brown dog Zulu was so determined to get back into the fire, any of the emergency services on site can confirm this.
‘I suspect you’ve done it on purpose as he prevented you absolute bunch of shit houses from stealing parts.
‘This is about more than just money to us, due to the dogs.’
Merseyside Police confirmed the fire, which started at just after midnight on Thursday, is being treated as a suspected arson.
A spokesman said: ‘Shortly before 0.10am, a report was received of a fire that had damaged a number of cars at the premises on Hoghton Road in Sutton.
‘There were no reports of any injuries.
‘A joint investigation was launched to establish the full circumstances, including forensic, CCTV and door-to-door enquiries.
‘Police are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious that could help is asked to police.
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