Reporting Nick Janes
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 4-month-old puppy was doused with an accelerant and set on fire in the worst case of animal cruelty Sacramento’s animal control manager has ever seen.
Gina Knepp said the city’s animal services officers responded to the horrific scene Wednesday at Calvados Avenue and Oakmont Street off Del Paso Boulevard in north Sacramento. The burns had scored off the puppy’s nose and fused her eyes shut.
“I thought I’d seen it all, but this level of deliberate cruelty tops anything I’ve seen before,” Knepp said. “Someone out there knows what happened. This dog deserves justice and we need the community’s help to find the dangerous person who did this.”
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The pit bull puppy was badly burned but still alive. However, a veterinarian determined the puppy’s condition required it to be put down.
“It was just a puppy and they took it, they set it on fire and they killed it. Who can enjoy that? Who can really enjoy something like that?” asked Renee Woodson.
Nobody seems to know who did it, so volunteers are going door-to-door passing out flyers, hoping a witness will come forward to bring a sick person to justice.
A reward up to $8,000 is being offered to anyone who can lead authorities to an arrest. As of now there are no known suspects, Knepp said.