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Baltimore’s burned pit bull loses fight

phoenix3Phoenix, the Baltimore pit bull who was set on fire last week, has died.

The dog, who showed signs of having been used in dogfights, was doused with gasoline and set on fire Wednesday afternoon in Southwest Baltimore. A police officer, upon spotting her, put the fire out with her sweater. No arrests have been made.

The dog was taken to BARCS, treated locally at Swan Harbor Animal Hospital, then sent to Pennsylvania for additional treatment.

Officials at Main Line Animal Rescue, in whose care the dog was placed, said yesterday that Phoenix experienced increased creatinine levels, causing her kidneys to shut down.

The dog,  who arrived at BARCS with her tail wagging even though she’d received burns over 90 percent of her body, was put down at 8:45 this morning.

” She had a strong will to live but her physical problems were just too extensive,” a MLAR representative said. “Thanks to all the caring people who will hold her in their heart.”

 “She touched the hearts of everyone that came in contact with her and anyone who heard her story,”  said Jennifer Mead-Brause, executive director of BARCS.  “We can only hope now that someone will come forward so that there can be a conviction on this case.”

As Mead-Brause explained it, Phoenix’s kidneys couldn’t cope with the natural chemicals her body was producing to fight off infection.

“As her body was trying to heal, her muscles were producing natural chemicals that are excreted through the kidneys. Unfortunately her kidneys could not handle the process and began to shut down. Due to kidney failure, and the long road still ahead for recovery, the veterinarians that were caring for her decided it would be best to euthanize her.”

BARCS has set up a reward fund, which now stands at $3,000, for information leading to the suspects.

For information on how to donate to the reward fund, or the Franky Fund, which helped pay for the initial emergency care Phoenix received, visit the BARCS website.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time May 31, 2009 at 11:31 am

This breaks my heart. I have always thought that the abuse and disrespect of animals is directly linked to the violence that surrounds us. It can never be tolerated or justified and must be rigorously prosecuted. Thanks for selling OMD’s “Os” to try to help Phoenix. Rest in Peace, sweet girl.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time May 31, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I’m just so sorry to hear this. She deserved to live, and that right was taken away from her by the criminals who did this to her. We should all thank BARCS, Main Line Animal Rescue, and all the people who did everything they could to give her a chance. I hope she will live on in our minds and hearts and strengthen our resolve to put an end to the brutality.

Comment from JorgeG
Time May 31, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I guess if the dog’s problems where too extensive one could argue that she’s are going to die anyways and decide to put her down, but if she was walking in the door with her tail wagging, seems to me she still has an attitude to live and enjoy life. I think she should be given a chance to live those last moments, even if she’s going to die soon, she still has some last moments she was enjoying and could have had.

Dog owners seem to be killing their dogs before their where supposed to die somethimes.

Comment from Anonymous
Time May 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I hope they find the person(s) that committed this horrible inhumane act. I wish we could inflict the same fate on the perp that they dealt to this poor dog.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time May 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Rest in peace little girl, rest in peace. Your pain is ended.

Comment from Pat
Time May 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Thank you God for taking the pain away from this innocent little life. Nothing on earth should experience that incredible level of abuse and pure evil. Let’s focus on the good that was brought to those who were touched by her story.

Comment from Shakthi
Time June 1, 2009 at 2:17 am

This is the saddest thing I have heard in a long time. In my family and with so many of our friends, we value the lives of animals sometimes above human beings. A pet in our family would be the apple of our eye. You’re right – violence upon animals usually means violence against other human beings.
I repeat, may the perpetrators feel every iota of pain and suffering Phoenix would have felt… they need to be put down too, to rid the society of such cruelty!

Comment from Andrea
Time June 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Whoever did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is torture to a creature that feels pain and those who can do such a thing should not be allowed to do it again.

Comment from Bart
Time June 9, 2009 at 8:13 pm

What do they teach in schools? Prosecute them as adults and after they spend time in jail make them work in a shelter for a year on probation.

Comment from Julia Hustad
Time March 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Sitting here at my desk is Center City Philly crying my eyes out. I am really growing to hate people more and more…………

Comment from niccolette Chan
Time January 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

It took 20 months to even bother to go after these bastards, Where’s the law in all these? I guess to them Animals might as well be trash I’ve seen more compassion from a third world country

Comment from Vicky
Time February 19, 2011 at 1:07 am

Put the word out on posters or on the street or word of mouth with the people in these neighborhoods. I think that would spread the word about a REWARD more quickly. I hope that information is just not here online. Sad, sad state of affairs. 🙁 RIP poor girl! Know that kind, loving people tried everything they knew to help ease your pain and suffering.

Comment from Beverly Lundeen
Time April 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

I am so sorry for this horrible act of cruelty for this poor dog. It takes 20 months and they still don’t do anything. These guys deserve the worst torture ever.

Comment from Mica
Time April 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

I am so shocked it took so long to find these wicked boys who did this to poor Pheonix and that there was no justice its disgusting this poor dog died for nothing but at least she knew love and care towards the end. Karma will get these brutes in the end and I hope they suffer great pain, I hope they get knocked down or murdered! An eye for an eye so the States say? That goes for toturing animals too. Hope somebody gets them and that they have a short life. Yes I,m horrible but that dog should not have been abused and to die. Where is the justice for animals. America wake up!

Comment from Mayank
Time June 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

very sad,,RIP

Comment from Ranjit
Time July 30, 2015 at 4:59 am

bad news..