Reporting Nick Janes
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Several dogs were found burned all the way down their backs on opposite sides of the country.
The second-degree burns are too graphic for television, but Gia Bremerman’s horrified reaction when we showed her the pictures tells you everything you need to know.
“That is just so cruel. I can’t even imagine someone doing that to my dog.”
Several dogs have been abandoned, burned all the way from their necks to their tails. It’s happened twice in Sacramento in recent weeks and once in Yolo County.
Vets can’t tell if they’re chemical burns or something else. But they strongly suspect it’s not an accident.
“They dog will have scars forever,” said Gina Knepp with Sacramento Animal Care Services. “Yes, it will heal, but can you imagine the pain level with something like that? Horrible cruelty.”
And here’s where it gets more mysterious.
The groups was contacted by another group on the east coast in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ve also had three recent cases exactly like the ones in the valley. The apparent bi-coastal connection makes this unusual, disturbing trend even stranger.
“I wouldn’t imagine that these people are connected in any way but whatever it is they’re doing is the same thing. You look at the wounds on these animals and they could be all of our local cases, they look so much alike.”
The hope is someone will recognize the dogs in these photos and come forward.
And Gia, taking her beloved Buddy and Kiva for a walk in Land Park, is certainly among those wanting to know who’s behind it.
“We call them our fur children. If someone did something like that I’d be furious.”