The disturbing incident took place on Thursday morning, when investigators say that a nine-year-old boy intentionally ignited a puppy's bedding.
The puppy, named "Zoie," was outside, trapped inside of a cage, and unable to escape the flames which were spreading throughout her small enclosure.
Zoie's family brought her to the local animal shelter; at the time, it was apparent that the eight-month-old pup had sustained severe burns over much of her lower body - especially her belly and paws.
Zoie was then transferred to the LSU Vet School for specialized treatment.
Arson investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department have stated that it was "obvious" that the fire was started intentionally.
Robert Combs, public information officer for the Baton Rouge Fire Department stated:
The bedding was initially set on fire and it caught the animal but our investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the ignition of the bedding as well as who may have done it,"
The boy who allegedly is behind the cruel act is protected by Louisiana state law; children under the age of 10 are not held responsible for their actions.
Zoie is now the responsibility of the non-profit organization, Companion Animal Alliance. According to the organization, there are already several people who are interested in giving the victimized, little dog a new home.
Click here to learn more about the organization which is responsible for Zoie's care.
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