Burned puppy found in trash can

Reward offered after burned puppy found in trash can

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On Monday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced the offering of a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for burning a puppy who was found discarded in a trash can. The puppy, dubbed Phoenix, was discovered in Savannah, Georgia, in the early morning hours of November 4.

In a press release, PETA described how the puppy was discovered:

A security guard on the 600 block of E. Lathrop Avenue spotted what he believes may have been two juveniles dragging around a smoking garbage can—and after they fled, he opened the can to discover a puppy inside.

The injured puppy was transported to the Savannah Animal Hospital – she was examined and found to be suffering from smoke inhalation, burned ears and burns from melted plastic on her fur and feet. She is expected to make a full recovery and is also in the process of being adopted.

PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien stated:

“Somebody out there knows something about where this puppy came from and how she ended up burned in a trash can. PETA urges anyone with information about this dog or the reported young people who fled the scene to come forward immediately so that whoever is responsible for her abuse can be held responsible.”

Anyone with information about this puppy burning case is asked to reach out to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department at 912-525-3124.


Savannah-Chatham Metro Officers Rescue Burned Puppy

Officers Jessica Smith and Marquis Dillard helped rescue a puppy who was set on fire and put in a trash can this past Saturday on East Lathrop. A little after 1 a.m., a security officer saw two juveniles pulling a trash can around a building and then run off. The security guard noticed the trash can was smoky and immediately called 911. When our officers arrived and saw the pup inside, their hearts dropped. They took her to the nearest animal hospital and have been checking on her ever since. Today, we hear that she is doing well. Although 15% of her body was burned and she suffered smoke inhalation, she is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you, officers!*If you have information on who may be responsible, please reach out to us or Savannah Chatham CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020!

Posted by Savannah Police Department on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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12 replies
  1. Pamela Bolton says:

    I hope when they catch them that they do some SERIOUS jail time. We need to let these idiots that this won’t be tolerated by us no matter what their ages are. If you are old enough to do this to an animal, you are old enough to do prison time for it. NO PLEA deals!!!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    These VILE<SPINLESS< EVIL<PSYCHOPATHS need to be caught … Next the will prey on an infant, small child, elder, young woman, to try and achieve the ULTIMATE HIGH by committing the perfect murder in their eyes… thankfully this little dog will live and have a person who cherishes it especially for what it has had to endure… I hope the Phoenix law enforcement don't just shelf this case!!!

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  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Ok where were the parents of these 2 scumbags? I think parents should be held accountable along with the kids, all of them belong in jail! Glad the puppy is going to be ok.

  5. Red says:

    SOMEONE knows who the monsters were that did this…… if you do not report them and you know who did it….. YOU ARE as guilty as the punks who did it. These little monsters need to be caught and SEVERELY punished….. if they are younger than 13….their parents need to be held responsible also!

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    These punks will not learn one thing in jail except how to be better thugs – they are already unsuitable to be in society – forget jail – just stick their filthy maggot puke butts in a wood chipper and do the world a favor.

  7. vicki hood says:

    Who are the parents needs to be uncovered. Parents are just as responsible as the teens that did this. Note- no respect for feelings of others. Not too bright perps set fire in a plastic garbage can. Plastic is flammable and they could have set buildings on fire. Please let this pup be all right. No doubt his lungs are damaged but the horror of burning such an innocent baby is just unfathomable and unforgivable. Please punish as an adult. They planned such horror, let their punishment be horror for them.


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