Dog dies after being set on fire with lighter fluid
A 3-year-old basset hound has died after being set on fire with lighter fluid, Ventura County authorities said.
The dog, named Buddy, was found engulfed in flames after firefighters responded to a 911 call Saturday morning in a ravine just outside the Camarillo city limits, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday.
"They found Buddy suffering from severe burns," the department said in a statement.
Arson investigators from the county Fire Department and Sheriff's Office have launched a criminal investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Darren Smith at (805) 383-8740.
-- Robert J. Lopez