A six-month-old puppy Alexis Cantu and her two-year-old daughter rescued when someone abandoned her in a Walmart parking lot in Ingleside, Texas was purposely set on fire Wednesday afternoon.
According to KiiiTV, Cantu had been at work when she received a text from her friend who had been caring for her puppy with the terrible news:
“It said that I needed to get over there and pick up Rosie because she was set on fire. Seeing my own dog burned; her eyes, her eyelashes are gone everything – it’s just disturbing,” Alexis stated.
Alexis had been working the night shift at her job when she was notified; she quickly picked up her little girl and rushed to her friend’s house. A Facebook post describing Rosie’s condition was heartbreaking:
“I get there to find my Rosiie in a corner to have 3rd degree burns from her ears to her mid waist. I have been working extremely hard to get her back in my care. I had just took her to the vet & spent $170.00 dollars to get her everything she needed so she could come home with us.Being a young single mom wasn’t hard enough I still wanted her. I have had her for over 6 months & was not going to give up on her now. Moving into an apartment didn’t help much either because a $400.00 dollar deposit was needed for her to come home. My head hurts, Knots in my stomach and by far the worst night of my life.”
When Animal Control arrived, the homeowner said the six-month-old healer puppy had been tethered in the yard until they were to arrive home. Sometime on Wednesday between 3:30 in the afternoon until 7:00, someone entered into their yard, poured a flammable liquid on the puppy and set her on fire. When the heat of the fire melted the pup’s collar, she was able to free herself and rolled in the dirt to extinguish the flames.
Police report, in addition to Rosie’s animal cruelty case, on the same morning, a Robstown plumber found a dog with his mouth duct-taped and his legs tied together with medical tubing in a ditch off County Road 28. That dog is now reported to be doing well and is currently in the care of Peewee’s Pet Adoption.
A GoFundMe account for Rosiie’s veterinarian care has been set up here.
“She is doing a lot better, she ate this evening & had a couple sips of water. She will be staying the weekend at Ingleside Animal Hospital! Very confident they are making her stay has comfortable has they can!! Thank you all for your PRAYERS donations & shares!!! Now it’s just recovering time for Rosiie & to get the sick ***** to pay for what he did to my baby,” Alexis posted.
Anyone with information about this heinous and likely random crime of animal cruelty, please call Ingleside Animal Control at 775.0154 or Ingleside Police Department at 776.2531.
(Photos of six-month-old puppy set on fire via Facebook)
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