Pit bull found set on fire fights for life
Thanks to a quick-thinking Baltimore City police officer, and hours of medical attention from shelter workers and vets, a pit bull found set on fire Wednesday is alive today.
Whether she will be tomorrow is another question.
The young female pit bull was found in Southwest Baltimore doused with gasoline and left to burn to death. Baltimore City police officer Syreeta Teel went to the dog’s aid and put the fire out with her sweater.
“She was fully in flames,” Teel told WJZ. “There were people around, but nobody was doing anything, so I got out of the car, took off my sweater and started hitting her to put the fire out.
“”It was just sad, because I’ve never heard a dog make this sound. This scream that he made, I’ve never heard before.”
The dog was taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), where Jennifer Mead- Brause, executive director, said that, despite the intense pain the dog was in, she arrived wagging her tail.
Using emergency money from BARCS Franky Fund, staff took the dog — nicknamed Phoenix — to Swan Harbor Animal Hospital for initial lifesaving care.
“There’s not one part spared,” said Swan Harbor’s veterinarian, Marcella Bonner. “I’ve seen it on the back, on the tail on the ears. I’ve never seen it on the whole body.”
The dog also had puncture wounds, a sign she was used in dogfights, Mead-Brause said.
“She is certainly not out of the woods,” BARCS reported. ” She has suffered horrific burns over 95% of her body. The fire stripped the fur and flesh from her small figure.” Even the pads of her feet were burned off.
“No animal deserves this type of treatment,” said Mead-Brause. “This is one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen.”
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting fire to the dog, and all tips are confidential. To provide information, call 410-396-4698 and ask for the Animal Enforcement Officer Supervisor at the Bureau of Animal Control.
(Photo: Courtesy of BARCS)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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