ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who set a dog on fire earlier this week.
Veterinarians euthanized the dog, named Zeus, after determining its injuries and suffering were too severe.
The dog's owner stated Zeus had gone missing. A neighbor called the owner to say the dog was found in a neighbor's back yard and was severely burned.
Police say the dog was found with burns over 75-percent of his face and over 30-percent of the rest of his body.
“His face, his legs and his eyes were burned up,” Jamal Ritchie said. “Only a sick person would do that to a dog.”
Ritchie said he does not know who burned his dog, but would like the person to be caught.
“It’s important because this was like a family member,” he said.
Veterinarians said that prior to this incident, the dog appeared to have been in excellent health with good dental and body condition.
The Humane Society of Missouri investigator observed appropriate shelter, clean water and sufficient food and bedding where the dog lived.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline 314-647-4400.
This is the second time this summer that a dog was burned to death in St. Louis.
In July “Brownie” was burned to death. A St. Louis woman has been charged in that case.
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