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Reward fund in pit bull case grows to $23,500

The reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting a pit bull on fire last week in Baltimore has now grown to $23,500.

The total includes $2,500 pledged by the Humane Society of the United States.

Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) has received $7,000 in donations to the reward fund, the city Animal Control office has received a $1,000 donation to add to the fund, and the Baltimore County Humane Society has raised $5,000.

The pit bull, named Phoenix by staff at BARCS, was found in flames by a police officer Wednesday. As other onlookers watched, the officer, Syreeta Teel, put the fire out with her sweater. Phoenix survived for three more days, but died Saturday in Pennsylvania, where she was sent to receive additional medical care . Staff at Main Line Animal Rescue, whose staff called her case the worst animal cruelty they had ever seen. Phoenix was burned over 90 percent of her body.

“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.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Baltimore City Animal Control at 410-396-4688.


Comment from Fayclis
Time June 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I watched the video on Phoniex and in spite of all her pain was SO good with being handled by the vets. Another “angel” that lost her life because of media’s need to promote fear mongreling and hatred in order to sell papers.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time June 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

OK, I’m starting to feel a sort of low-level sense of uneasiness here. I’m sure someone will straighten me out.

I want very much for these bastards to be caught and to be held accountable for their unspeakable actions. I want them prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned for as long as the law provides. And it won’t even be halfway long enough. Our Constitution protects people from cruel and unusual punishment, and that’s very wise, but sometimes I wonder.

Having said all that, $15,000 is a very nice chunk of cash. It would finance a whole lot of dog and cat crunchies, a lot of veterinary care, immunizations, spay/neuter surgeries, and all the things animals need.

I sent the little bit I could afford to the Frankie Fund before Phoenix died. I wonder. Do we, somehow, need to use this money to look to the living animals?

Comment from Shelia
Time June 4, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Until we hold those accountable who commit horrific cruel acts towards animals, they will continue to abuse all life forms…including humans. These sick ass people need to be punished for their crime against Phoenix…even though they will not get the full measure of what they really deserve. The people in the street that watched that poor dog suffer and laughed should be charged too.

Comment from JJ
Time June 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

People like this need to be locked in jail for the rest of their lives. If they’ll do it to a dog, what’s stopping them from doing it to a human. Absolutely NOTHING, that’s what.

This poor dog went through a living hell before she died, just so a few sick individuals could get a kick out of watching her suffer.

R.I.P. Phoenix – hope you got a nice place in heaven baby. <3

Comment from Bev Lynch
Time June 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Leaves little to be said of the humans who could perform such a cruel act on a defenseless animal. It makes me sick to even think about it. I live in Ontario, Canada and because our laws have been changed to protect animals these persons would be facing jail time. May the Creator give Phoenix peace at last!!