A small dog was locked in a pet crate and set on fire on an Arden Arcade street.
The dog was burned to death in the dog crate placed outside the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge, 3010 Becerra Way, near Watt and Marconi avenues.
Citizens reported what they thought was a trash fire on the street outside the fraternal lodge about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors eventually heard noise coming from the small fire on the sidewalk, a sound that in retrospect could have been the whimpering or howling of the dog.
When Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters pulled up, they recognized that the fire was the result of a burning dog crate, not rubbish. The crate door had been shut and the dog lit on fire, according to Metro Fire Capt. Michele Eidam.
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“It was a small dog, in a small crate that was burned beyond belief,” Eidam said. “It’s horrible.”
Firefighters are working with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the death of the dog.
“If you saw anything, please come forward,” Eidam said. Anyone with information may call the arson tip line at (916) 859-3775.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.