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Reward for Information on Those who Burned, Killed Dog up to $10K

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As Northeast Baltimore police attempt to find those responsible for putting a small dog in a bag and setting it on fire, two animal rights nonprofits have offered $10,000 to hasten their capture.

Baltimore firefighters found the bag still in flames behind a grocery store shortly after midnight on July 27 and along with officers there, pronounced it dead at the scene. It is not yet known whether an individual or group of individuals was behind the brutal killing, and authorities are asking for as much information as can be provided by helpful citizens.

The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are both offering $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

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“When I hear stories like this, it’s really horrifying,” said Bailey Deacon, of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. “Especially this one. It’s really sick.”

Baltimore Police have asked anyone with information on the perpetrators to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

“When you have something like this happen to an animal, there’s a direct link between abuse to animals and abuse to humans,” Deacon said. “We’re hoping that we’ll get some information.”

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter condemned the incident as “inexcusable, inhumane and, frankly, horrifying.”

“[The dog] could have had a fighting chance if he had not been left to die in the cold,” the organization posted. “We have 24-hour veterinary staff, if he had simply been left on our shelter’s doorstep, he might be alive today.”

Authorities in Detroit are also on the tail of an animal abuser who encouraged his dog to maul a mother cat and her kitten. The attack was caught on a home surveillance system. Follow this link to see the video and learn more about how you can help.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.