Metro Fire firefighters investigating plumes of smoke in Foothill Farms on Saturday found a dead dog inside a burned pile of garbage.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the county’s animal control agency, are investigating the incident in the 4700 block of Moorpark Way, said Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Michelle Eidam.
Just before noon, fire crews were dispatched for a “smoke investigation” in the area, Eidam said. When they arrived, they found a burned pile of rubbish in the backyard of a home. Within the pile was a dead dog.
Investigators will determine whether the dog was abused or killed, and whether any criminal charges will be filed, Eidam said. A key question is whether the animal was alive at the time it was burned, she said. An autopsy should provide the answer.
If an investigation finds that the dog was abused, whoever is responsible could face criminal charges, said Eidam.
One person who was at the home when authorities arrived was taken to an area hospital, she said. The type or extent of the person’s injuries was unclear as of Saturday afternoon.
At least two other dogs were at the residence, Eidam said. They were uninjured.
“This sort of thing tugs at the hearts of the population,” said Eidam. “No one wants to see an animal in a situation like that. Part of our responsibility as humans is to take care of the animals around us. We need to make sure people are held accountable if abuse occurs.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Metro Fire Anonymous Arson Tipline at 916-859-3775.