A young dog who made a miracle recovery after being set alight is set to come face-to-face with his torturers in open court.
After being left for dead, Mambo will appear before a judge and jury in the prosecution of the 17-year-old man and 22-year-old woman who poured petrol over him before setting him alight.
'It will be like a scene out of a Lassie film,' said Jean Moreau, an animal rights activist in the French city of Perpignan, where the unprecedented trial will take place in December.
'These despicable people thought they had killed the hero dog, but in fact he will be alive and kicking and helping to bring them to justice.'
Mambo the dog is swathed in bandages to cover the horrific burns which almost claimed his life
The accused, who are charged with extreme animal cruelty, face a possible prison sentence of up to six months, fines of up to £2,000, and a lifetime ban from keeping animals.
Mambo, a slight chocolate brown crossbreed, suffered third degree burns on 50 per cent of his body in the attack on August 10.
It took place in the picturesque Pyrenees village of Espira-de-l'Agly, in south-west France.
Mambo will appear as prosecution evidence, showing off his terrible burns.
It may be that he in fact recognises his tormentors, which could make for a very dramatic court drama, but the main aim is to illustrate what cruelty he suffered.
Mr Moreau added: 'It is unusual for an animal to appear in court in this matter, but the prosecution believes that Mambo's appearance will have a very powerful effect on all those involved in proceedings.'
There attack was so vicious that the Perpignan court authorities have already ruled that they should remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
'They have cause widespread disgust, and there have already been threats of violence made against them' said a local police spokesman.
'Mambo was clearly looking for help when he went missing. He approached the pair because he is extremely friendly, but they showed him nothing but cruelty.
'He was held down by the woman, and then the man poured petrol over him, and set him alight.
'He was left for dead, but animal aid workers were alerted and managed to save him. He has made an amazing recovery.
People are so distressed by what happened that 200 marched through the streets of Espira-de-l'Agly village in protest last week.
The police spokesman said: 'Prosecutors feel that the appearance of Mambo in court will strengthen the case against his persecutors.'
Mambo is currently in the care of the SPA animal charity in Perpignan while a new home is found for him.
Gerard Bile, the mayor of Espira-de-l'Agly, said: 'We are already sending the bills to the torturers' families.
'What happened was grotesque. This hero dog deserves our full admiration.'
The accused are on bail, and will appear in court with Mambo in December.
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