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.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 2nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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