ST. LOUIS, MO.(KMOX)-The Humane Society of Missouri needs the publics help to find out how a five month old boxer puppy was burned and who may have done it.
Mike Perkins, Director of Animal Cruelty Task Force says they got an anonymous call Saturday on a dog with some substantial injuries to it’s left side. An investigator went out to the area of Hamilton and Dr. Martin Luther King but wasn’t able to find it. Then he says a second phone call from a citizen came in Tuesday and the investigator went back out and was able to located the dog between two houses on the same streets.
The dog appears to be a five month old male boxer with substantial burn marks on the his left side of his body and his ear. Perkins says the veterinarian was not sure if the injuries were a chemical burn or fire burn. But the burns go up the dogs left leg, left chest area and down through his midsection.
He says if anyone has information as to how the dogs injuries occurred, they can contact the Animal Cruelty Task Force. You can call them at 314-647-4400.
Perkins, a 22 and a half year police department veterans says they don’t know if this was an accident but if this is an abuse case, he says it will not be tolerated. If this was an accident, they’d like to help the family and reunite the pet with it’s owners.
A $2500 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Humane Society officials have given the dog a name as well. As of Tuesday afternoon, “Sonny” was sedated. His wounds have been clean and bandaged. Perkins says, “We are hoping the prognosis is good.” The vet does not believe infection has set in. “If left untreated for a whole lot longer, this dog would not have made it.”
Perkins says this is one of the worst injuries he has seen in a long time. The dog is underweight and you can see it’s rib cage.
“People that would do something like this need professional help. They need to sit down and talk to a therapist, a social work, a counselor.” He adds, “Aggression displayed toward animals in this manner only leads to aggression toward people.”
Investigators are checking to see if there are reports on a dog that was stolen or lost somehow.
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