The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) announced on Friday a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in setting a young dog on fire in the 5700 block of Amelia Ave in the Walnut Park East neighborhood of St. Louis.
According to ksdk.com, the three-year-old gentle pit bull mix named Zeus suffered third degree burns over 75% of his face and more burns on his paw, and left side of his body. Veterinarians at the Humane Society determined Zeus was in excruciating pain and made the decision to humanely euthanize the dog.
On Monday, Zeus' owner, Jamal Ritchie contacted the HSMO to report his dog missing. The next day a neighbor contacted Ritchie informing him he had found Zeus. Ritchie surrendered his dog to the HSMO because of the extent of the dog's injuries.
“His face, his legs and his eyes were burned up,” Jamal Ritchie said. “Only a sick person would do that to a dog," Ritchie told Fox2Now.com.
No one knows why Zeus was set on fire; his owner said the dog was part of the family.
Veterinarians stated prior to Zeus' terrible injuries, the dog had been in excellent health and well cared for by his owner.
The Animal Control Task Force and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating this egregious animal cruelty crime.
If you have any information about Zeus, please call (314) 647-4400.
Please share Zeus' story with your friends, relatives, and coworkers. Let's hope someone recognizes this dog or who did this terrible crime, and they are brought to justice.
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In July, Adrienne Martin was arrested for felony animal cruelty after she admitted on Facebook she intentionally set her mixed breed dog named Brownie on fire. The dog had been rescued two weeks earlier by Randy Grim of Stray Dog Rescue of St. Louis. Sadly, Brownie did not survive his terrible injuries.
Rest in peace Zeus.
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