ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Humane Society of Missouri is doubling a reward it’s offering in connection with the intentional burning of a dog in north St. Louis.

An adult male pit bull named Zeus was found Aug. 27 in a neighbor’s yard with extensive burns after his owner reported the dog missing near the intersection of Amelia Avenue and Bircher Boulevard. The injuries were severe enough that veterinarians decided to euthanize Zeus.

The anti-cruelty organization initially put up a $2,500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker but now says it will pay $5,000.

Earlier this summer, a St. Louis woman was charged with felony animal abuse for setting a dog on fire and bragging about it on Facebook. That dog also died.

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