Dog found burned to death in Ontario field
Gene Maddaus / email@example.com
ONTARIO -- Police on Monday were investigating the death of
a pit bull that was found burned and leashed to a flaming tree
stump Sunday afternoon.
suspect the 4-month-old dog had been doused with furniture polish
and lit on fire, Ontario Det. Mike Macias said.
is absolutely a first," Macias said. "This was an
incredibly cruel act to this dog." Firefighters got a call
about 4 p.m. Sunday that brush was on fire in a field in the
1100 block of East Holt Boulevard, Macias said.
found a bush and a tree stump on fire. When they put the fire
out, they found the carcass of the dog, Macias said.
dog had a leash around its neck, and a can of furniture polish
was nearby, Macias said.
witnesses have come forward.
Inland Valley Humane Society was called in to help investigate.
was not known who owned the dog. Investigators are asking for
the public's help in solving the crime, Humane Society investigator
Allie Jalbert said.
case would be considered felony animal cruelty, a crime that
carries up to three years of state prison time, Jalbert said.
is one of the worst things I've seen since I've been here,"
she said."I don't know what would lead somebody to tie
an animal to a tree and burn it to death."
speculated that it could have been someone trying to discipline
the dog. Jalbert said that given the dog's large size, it was
unlikely that children were responsible.
asked that anyone who was in the area of Holt Boulevard and
South Cucamonga Avenue at 4 p.m. on Sunday come forward.
are also seeking information from anyone who might recognize
the dog from its breed and age," Jalbert said in a statement.
"It might be a neighbor's dog, one you pass when you jog
each morning, or one you've seen in the area on a regular basis.
We will greatly appreciate any tips that lead to the identification
of the dog or its owner." Jalbert may be reached at 623-9777,
Ext. 689. Informants may also call the Ontario Police Detective
Bureau at 395-2731
Attack on dog prompts reward for prosecution
Tipton Blish / firstname.lastname@example.org
ONTARIO -- The gruesome killing of a puppy in broad daylight
near residences has drawn national attention and a $4,000 reward
to catch those involved.
Sunday afternoon in a field on Holt Boulevard, someone tied
a 4-month-old pit bull to a stake, taped its mouth shut, doused
it with furniture polish and lit it. Officials at the Inland
Valley Humane Society said preliminary results of a necropsy
showed the dog may have been alive when it was set ablaze.
isn't something that I have seen before," said Allie Jalbert,
humane investigator at the Inland Valley Humane Society. "We
have seen people neglect their animals. We have seen them beat
out of anger or kicked. ...This just appears to be an act of
torture. That is why we are pursuing this so aggressively."
The plight of the Ontario pit bull attracted a reward from the
Humane Society of the United States, matched by the local office,
to elicit help with the investigation.
was calculated to cause pain in the animal," said Eric
Sakach, director of the West Coast office of the national organization.
Sakach worries that the killer could be a danger to other animals
in the neighborhood and even humans, he said.
the dog was burned in the afternoon and near homes, Sakach said
that someone may have been trying to send a message to or shock
other dog owners. Animal abuse can be a precursor to human-on-human
abuse, he said.
is so twisted -- this person needs to be caught," Sakach
Police Department detectives are investigating the case as well,
although they have no leads, Det. Alan Parra Jr said. He declined
to say what, if any, evidence detectives have found. Humane
Society officials said that a tin of furniture polish was found
by the carcass, which was still tied to a tree stump.
humane societies are each offering $2,000 to the person who
helps solve the crime. Jalbert said those responsible face felony
animal cruelty charges.
are hopeful that someone saw the attack since it was so close
to homes and happened in the daytime.
cruelty cases are difficult to solve because "the fear
of retaliation is too great," said Brian Sampson supervisor
of animal services for the Inland Valley Humane Society. Rarely
is there evidence left at such a crime. Last year firefighters
called to a brush fire in Pomona found a cat tied to a crucifix
and burned, but there was no other evidence, Sampson said.
may be reached at 623-9777, Ext. 689. The Ontario police detective
bureau is at 395-2731.
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