June 1, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Southwest Baltimore Dog Burning
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting a pit bull terrier on fire in Southwest Baltimore May 27.
News reports give the following account: On Wednesday, a pit bull was found engulfed in flames on Presberry Street. Baltimore City Police Officer Syreeta Teel and her partner discovered the small, black dog covered in flames and immediately smothered the fire using a sweatshirt. The badly-burned dog was taken for treatment at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter before being transported to a rescue group in Pennsylvania, where veterinarians called it the worst case of animal cruelty they had ever seen. Sadly, the dog, named "Phoenix" by her rescuers, had to be euthanized due to the extent of her horrible injuries.
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
"This poor dog suffered a painful and needless death and we want accountability for this vicious act of animal cruelty," said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The HSUS' Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign.
Baltimore City Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Baltimore City Animal Control at 410-396-4688.
The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.
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