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Reward increases in Arden Arcade dog burning case

Scene where dog was burned in a crate on Becerra Way in Arden Arcade.
Scene where dog was burned in a crate on Becerra Way in Arden Arcade.

Sacramento SPCA officials announced Friday that the reward has increased for information leading to the arrest of the person who allegedly burned a dog to death on an Arden Arcade street.

The reward has been increased from $8,000 to $13,500. Firefighters responded 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire outside the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge, near Watt and Marconi avenues. Neighbors reportedly heard whimpering and howling from the fire.

Sacramento SPCA CEO Rick Johnson described the case as “horrific.”

“There’s no rhyme or reason nor excuse for doing something that horrific,” Johnson said, noting the incident was among the worst cases of animal cruelty he’s seen in his 45-year career as an animal advocate.

Johnson said there haven’t been any leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s arson hotline at (916) 859-3775. The fire department is investigating the incident jointly with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

The reward currently includes contributions from the Sacramento SPCA ($2,500), Humane Society of America ($5,000), Animal Legal Defense Fund ($5,000) and six private donors. Johnson expects the reward money to increase as word gets out about the crime.

Those interested in contributing to the reward can call the Sacramento SPCA at (916) 504-2828.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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