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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.

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