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'Crufts' Style Memorial for Dog that Was Tortured and Killed

Posted on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:33AM by Andi Godfrey

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This weekend hundreds of dog lovers turned out to take part in a dog show organised as a tribute to the friendly Staffordshire bull terrier who was stolen, brutally tortured and whose charred remains were found
tied to a tree near Sheffield in February of this year.  

The Staffie, named Isaac was being looked after by a friend in South Yorkshire while the owner, Andy McNamara was working in Birmingham as a contracting electrician.  The friend had taken the dog to a party and had let him out into the garden from where he was stolen.  

Mr McNamara, aged 45 was devastated to hear not only of Isaac’s death but of the sickening way he had died.  Isaac had been his companion for 8 years having been bought by family and friends to help him over personal problems.

Friends of Mr McNamara from Birmingham had organised the show to celebrate of Isaac’s life at the Mosborough Miners’ Welfare Club and a special ‘Isaac Memorial Trophy’ for Best in Show was awarded to Shar Pei, Kato.  

Andy McNamara made the event despite his own admission of suffering from agoraphobia in large crowds.  He told the press that he found the day a great comfort and was ‘absolutely awestruck’ by the support of Sheffield people.  

Aside being a day of fun and enjoyment there was a serious message with demonstrations from Support and Guide Dogs to encourage people to take a stand against animal cruelty.

The group is inviting people to visit the online petition at

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