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Pitbull puppy set on fire in Lancaster

May 6, 2008 7:42:30 AM PDT
A dog in Lancaster is being treated at an animal shelter Tuesday morning after it was deliberately set on fire, and sheriff's deputies need the public's help finding the culprit.Police responded to a Lancaster neighborhood after a neighbor's 911 call at about 11:30 p.m.

Click in the Eyewitness News Story Window above to watch Lisa Hernandez's report from the scene, including an interview with the neighbor who rescued the dog.

Somebody had set a 6-month-old pitbull on fire. The dog suffered burns to his head, stomach and one of its hind legs, but he wouldn't have survived if Lancaster resident Ann Brooks hadn't come to the dog's rescue.

Brooks said she ran out after her stepson heard the dog yelping in front of a vacant house.

"I saw, I couldn't believe it, a dog on fire. I grabbed my top off, whatever. You do what you can and started batting it a bit," she said.

Brooks said flames engulfed practically the entire body, and it took her a minute and a half to two minutes to get the flames out.

Police said whoever set the dog on fire faces a felony animal cruelty charge.

Many neighbors have already called to adopt the dog.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Lancaster Sheriff's Station at (661) 948-8466.

 

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