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Man in court accused of setting fire to dog in Fife

A man has appeared in court accused of setting fire to a dog whose burnt body was found tied to a tree in Fife.

Alastair Graham was remanded in custody after he appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, of no fixed abode, faced a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act.

He also faced charges of possessing a knife, attempted robbery, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and malicious mischief.

He was also charged under the Police and Fire Reform Act.

He appeared alongside Steven Gourdie, 23, also of no fixed abode.

Flammable liquid

Mr Gourdie did not face a charge over the dog burning incident, but was accused of attempted robbery, possessing a knife and police assault.

Both made no plea or declaration when they appeared from custody on petition.

They were both remanded in custody following the brief private hearing and will appear again next week.

The dog had been doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

It was understood the dog was a Staffordshire or Staffordshire cross although it was not possible to determine what colour its coat had been.

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