Sacramento animal control officers are looking for the person responsible for deliberately setting fire to a puppy that has since died, and reward money offered in the case is up to $8,000.
The dog, about 4 months old, was left for dead near Calavados Avenue and Oakmont Street in North Sacramento on Wednesday, officials said. It apparently had been placed in a plastic container and set afire on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
Veterinarians put the dog to death to end its suffering.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the abuse. Red Rover, a nonprofit animal protection group based in Sacramento, is offering $2,500, and Scooter's Pals is offering $500.
Karen Brown, Red Rover program director, said chief city animal control Officer Dan Torres contacted the agency Wednesday asking for help in solving the crime.
"That is what our reward fund is for," Brown said. "All of these cases are shocking, but to see a law enforcement officer so upset does speak to the horror of this particular case.
"We're hoping our reward will encourage someone to come forward."
Anyone with information about the case should call Torres at (916) 808-5855.