Puppy Lit on Fire & Killed in Sacramento; $8,000 Reward for Info (Graphic)

The dog was found in the city of Sacramento's Del Paso Heights neighborhood Wednesday.

Warning: The attached video and photos at right contain graphic content.


Authorities in the city of Sacramento are looking for the person or persons who set a puppy on fire and left it to die on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

Gina Knepp, the manager of the Sacramento Animal Care Services Department, said a passerby called to report the case of animal cruelty on Wednesday morning. The dog's injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized, she said.

"This is a sick, twisted person who's done this," Knepp said.

The dog was found near the corner of Calvados Avenue and Oakmont Street, in Sacramento's Del Paso Heights neighborhood. Knepp was planning to head to that area Friday afternoon to pass out fliers asking for help from the community in finding the person or persons responsible.

"Somebody up there knows something and I'm going to find them," she said. "This is about animals but it's also about people. The people of Del Paso Heights shouldn't have to live with someone who's willing to do something of this level of depravity."

Her effort will be bolstered by an $8,000 reward: nonprofit Red Rover has pledged $2,500, dog rescue Scooter's Pals has offered $500 and the Humane Society of the United States is offering $5,000.

Knepp said it was important to find the culprit, because of the link between violence toward animals and violence toward humans.

"If you'll do this to an animal, what's next?"

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 916-808-5855.


Click here to watch a video of the dog shortly after being found in Del Paso Heights – warning: the video contains graphic content.

Becky S January 06, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Lets just hope that SOMEBODY HAS A HEART and will get over being considered a 'snitch' and just tell us who it is!!! If this person is willing to do that to a poor, innocent puppy, they will do that to a poor, innocent little human being too. The person who did this doesn't deserve the goodness of life for what they've done. Please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You're a waste of life.
Helen Mallazzo January 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Words ate escaping me right now, I am in tears. Why,why,why?
Mark Gold January 08, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Stories like this sicken me! Animals can't say "stop" or "no", and in this case, it was a helpless puppy. People like that shouldn't be allowed to own animals. And if it wasn't their dog, but simply a random act of cruelty, then that person should be locked up as they have the potential of escalating their violence upon more animals or even people.
Terry Gosik January 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree with Mark. If I caught the SOB, I would hold a can of lighter fluid and tease him while I would be flicking my BIC or Zippo lighter! Terry G.
Mark Gold January 09, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Thanks Terry. Unfortunately the penalties for crimes against animals are not nearly as severe as those for crimes against people, so even if the perp is caught it's unlikely he'll see much jail time.


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