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Suspect pours fuel on young puppy, burns it to death

Authorities in Sacramento are trying to determine who poured fuel on a  young puppy before setting it on fire.

Sacramento’s Animal Care Services heard about the abuse Wednesday and found the puppy alive. However, the burn injuries were so severe that staff members had to put the dog down.

Animal control officers are talking to residents in the Del Paso Heights area where the puppy was found, seeking potential witnesses.

“Crimes of this nature have a nexus to a myriad of other criminal acts of violence toward people, not just animals. The residents and animals of this Del Paso Heights neighborhood deserve to be free from this type of activity,” Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services manager told Fox 40.

An $8,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or people responsible for burning the puppy. The reward money is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States, Red Rover and Scooter Pals.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Animal Control Officer Daniel Torres at (916) 808-5855 or Knepp at (916) 808-8333.

--Fox 40

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