Los Angeles county officials are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person (or persons) responsible for attacking and burning at least seven dogs.
The dogs, which have mainly been Pit Bulls, have all been discovered with severe burns on their backs, possibly due to some caustic chemical, according to the Los Angeles Times. A stray 1- to 2-year-old Golden Retriever reportedly suffered nerve damage caused by third-degree burns, while two others dogs were so badly injured that they had to be euthanized.
Although Los Angeles County Animal Control officers said they have dealt with abused stray dogs before, those incidents were not nearly as cruel — nor as frequent — as this horrible collection of attacks.
“[We haven’t seen] anything with this number of animals in a short period of time,” Derek Brown, deputy director of L.A. County Animal Control, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not something we see regularly at all.”
— LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) September 2, 2015
Anyone with information on these abuse cases is encouraged to call (661) 940-4191. Meanwhile, the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the treatment and rehabilitation of the badly burned Golden Retriever, now named Fergus. Veterinarians believe his burns are due to someone pouring gasoline on his back and setting it on fire. So far, the group has raised more than $25,000 to put toward his care.