POLICE in Burnley are investigating after two men were hurt and a dog was stabbed to death in a supermarket car park.
The pit bull cross, thought to be called Biggie, was stabbed in the neck after biting two men arguing with its owner.
The incident happened around 8-30 p.m. when police received several calls from the public reporting a man with a large knife stabbing a dog.
Police said a man and his dog are believed to have been involved in a row with two other men.
Officers rushed to the scene and found the badly-injured animal.
An area search led to the recovery of a blood-stained knife and a pair of scissors, there was also damage to a shop window.
Two men, aged 20 and 18, attended Burnley General Hospital with dog bite injuries. The 18-year-old was later transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital to have his injuries treated but has since been discharged.
A 22-year-old man from Burnley has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray and bailed until January 13th.
A 20-year-old man from Burnley has been arrested on suspicion of affray and is on police bail until January 12th.
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and is on police bail until January 13th.
The dog later died at a local vets surgery from his injuries.
Since the incident, almost 1,500 people have joined a Facebook group called Justice for the Poor Dog.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with any information should contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45.