A GANG of children have been caught trying to roast two puppies over an open fire.
The seven-week-old puppies were rescued by a passerby who was alerted by the dogs yelping as their fur began to burn with a gang of youths slowly roasting them over a bonfire on a canal bank near the northern England city of Manchester, UK newspaper the Daily Mail reported.
The walker Melanie Johnson, 32, ordered the teens to release dogs as they struggled to escape the flames.
"I just could not believe the cruelty being shown by these kids," Ms Johnson told the Daily Mail.
"If I hadn't turned up, I think they would have burned the dogs alive."
Miss Johnson, from Rochdale, added: "Most of the kids were aged 12, 13 or older. But some were as young as ten. I was ripping mad and still am to think that anyone - least of all children - could do this."
She took the two puppies from the bank and carried them to the safety of her home before wrapping them in a towel and taking them to an RSPCA shelter.
The cross-bred pups were examined by a vet after the incident in Newbold, Rochdale on Friday and were found to be in generally good health.
Jean Spencer, the RSPCA shelter manager, said: "The puppies are only seven weeks old and still smelled of smoke from the bonfire when they arrived.
"The fur on one of them was singed and the other has a small hernia. Fortunately, they are going to be fine."
She added: "To think that children could be so cruel is really disgusting. The puppies are absolutely gorgeous. Everyone here has fallen in love with them."
The male puppy has been named Guy and his sister Cinders.
They will now go to a shelter in Halifax to be re-homed.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.