ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Humane Society of Missouri is seeking the public’s help after a dog in north St. Louis was found with third-degree burns over much of its body in what the group calls an intentional attack.
The owner of an adult male pit bull named Zeus reported him missing near the intersection of Amelia Avenue and Bircher Boulevard overnight Monday. The dog was found Tuesday morning in a neighbor’s backyard with extensive burns.
The anti-cruelty organization Is offering a $2,500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.
“After a thorough examination by HSMO veterinarians, and because of the massive extent of the dog’s injuries and the agonizing suffering Zeus experienced, it was determined the dog was beyond recovery and he has been humanely euthanized,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri.
“Our Animal Cruelty Task Force will now work diligently to help find the person responsible for this heinous crime.”
City police are also investigating the incident.
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