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How was Sacramento dog burned? Authorities want to know

Mystery surrounds burns on Sacramento dog

A German Shepherd with severe back and leg burns was found on the streets last month in Sacramento. Officials want to know how she was burned. Video contains brief graphic images.
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A German Shepherd with severe back and leg burns was found on the streets last month in Sacramento. Officials want to know how she was burned. Video contains brief graphic images.

A sweet-tempered dog with angry red burns running the length of her back is recuperating at the Front Street Animal Shelter after being found loose on a Sacramento street.

The young female German shepherd was found April 25 around 9:30 p.m. by someone who saw her running after a car on Power Inn Road, across the street from Danny Nunn Park. The dog appears to be somebody’s family pet.

Even with burns, she is friendly and happy. She chases her tail and bounds around the fenced play area at the Front Street Animal Shelter where she is being nursed back to health.

We do not know what happened to this dog,” said Knepp. “It looks like a pot of boiling water was poured on her back.

Gina Knepp, the Front Street Animal Shelter Director

She has no name. And those caring for her know little of her history.

Was she burned by a malevolent individual? Or did someone accidentally spill scalding water or oil on the pitiful pooch in a kitchen transfer from stovetop?

Gina Knepp, the Front Street Animal Shelter director, would like to know. To that end, she has appealed to The Sacramento Bee and social media to find the owner.

“We do not know what happened to this dog,” said Knepp. “It looks like a pot of boiling water was poured on her back. The burns go down the entire length of her back and down the legs.”

A veterinarian told Knepp that the dog was probably burned five days before being found. Knepp does not believe the burns were caused by fire because the shepherd’s fur is not singed and does not smell of smoke.

The dog is on pain medication and antibiotics. She has her dressing changed daily.

“Dogs are so resilient, but it is going to be a long road to recovery,” said Knepp. “We are always worried about infection.”

Was the driver of the car that the dog was chasing her owner? Knepp said she does not know.

There is no description of the car or a license plate. A check of security cameras in the area did not yield any clues.

“It could have been a horrible accident in the home and the owner had no money for medical care,” said Knepp. “I’d love to know this dog’s name. Somebody out there knows something. If it was an accident, we will approach it one way, but if it was animal cruelty I will go to the fullest extent of the law to prosecute.”

Once the dog recovers, she will go to German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. Knepp requested that any tips about the dog be phoned to Chief Animal Control Officer Jace Huggins at 916-808-5855.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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