DECATUR, Ga. — DeKalb County police are asking for the public’s help to find the person who set a dog on fire.
Police said a tan-and-cream Labradoodle was found on Lindsey Drive in Decatur “engulfed in flames” Sunday morning.
Now, DeKalb County police are looking for the person responsible for this unthinkable act of animal cruelty.
Channel 2′s Christian Jennings talked to dozens of people who live along Lindsey Drive, who all said the same thing: “Who would do this?”
Police are hoping a Crime Stoppers reward will lead to an arrest.
“It’s sickening, honestly,” neighbor Shallissa Dufresne said. “That’s disheartening, honestly, that anyone could do that to a living, breathing thing.”
DeKalb County police say witnesses rushed to help the dog when they spotted him running down the road, engulfed in flames.
“The world we live in is cruel,” neighbor Paige Reid said.
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A local nonprofit called Dog Days Rescue is caring for the dog.
They posted this photo on their Facebook page Thursday, saying the pain medication seems to be doing its job.
The organization is accepting donations to help pay for his treatment.
“You can’t just harm these animals. They’re like humans,” Reid said.
Police say they’ve identified the dog’s owner and are investigating who abused the dog.
Neighbors hope an arrest is made quickly.
“You had the intent to harm or kill this defenseless animal, so now you need to get the time or punishment coming to you,” Dufresne said.
The rescue group posted that the dog’s treatment will be a long and painful process, and it could cost at least $5,000.
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