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(KMOV) – PETA is offering an additional $5,000 reward for someone who helps catch the person who set a dog on fire in the backyard of a north St. Louis home on Wednesday.
The 3-year-old Shepherd-Terrier mix dubbed Brownie was found with severe burns all over his body after being set on fire while tethered to a short chain at a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliant.
Authorities said they discovered the dog after the owner called police.
He was fighting for his life at Veterinary Specialty Services, but died on Friday due to organ failure.
“When I got the call he passed away, all I could do was cry and then pray for the strength to make sure justice is served,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. “This is one of the saddest and worst cases I have ever dealt with.”
PETA officials said the organization is adding $5,000 to a reward offered by Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s animal-abuse hotline at 314-771-6121 Ext. 232.