By Kelsey Wheatcroft
BALDEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) -Another dog has become a victim of animal cruelty in Bladen County.
A woman who lives just outside of Elizabethtown spotted a puppy who’s back and neck is covered in burns. Resident Michele Smith said the dog, Zena, appeared to be someone’s pet because it was wearing a collar and was calm around people.
Smith said she contacted the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office who immediately contacted the Bladen County Animal Control.
“Within 30 minutes, an Animal Control officer arrived to rescue the puppy,” said Smith. “I applaud Animal Control and the Sheriff’s department for taking this call serious and arriving in such a timely manner.”
Smith said the Animal Control officer showed compassion for the eight-week-old puppy as they worked to take it to Elizabethtown’s Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
Police are sending Zena’s shavings to a lab to determine what chemical caused the burns. They suspect the puppy was rubbed down with grease and lit on fire.
Last week, another dog was found in Bladenboro with similar burns. He had third-degree burns covering his head, back and legs.
Officials can’t say if these cases are related or if there is a possible copy-cat. HSUS is offering a $2,500 reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
If you can help, contact Bladen County Animal Control at 910-862-6936 .
EDITOR’S NOTE: The pictures of the burns on both dogs are too graphic for our viewers.
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