WEST BRANDYWINE — Firefighters discovered a caged dog burned that had been burned to death Friday night in a wooded area along Route 82.

Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler was driving along the roadway at around 8 p.m. when he happened to notice what he thought was a brush fire on the side of the road. Ziegler notified fire crews who made a grisly discoveryas they extinguished the blaze.

Scene along rural road in Chester County where a caged dog was found on fire.

Ziegler recalled approaching the fire with another firefighter and said “something wasn’t right, and we requested the police department to step it up and get over here.”

Ziegler said police performed a quick search of the area to make sure no one was around as firefighters confirmed that a caged animal had been killed in the fire.

The dog, which officials described as a medium-sized pit bull-type breed, was found caged and burning about 50 feet from the road along a gravel drive. Fire crews then notified the Animal Protection Services officers from the Chester County SPCA and the Chester County Fire Marshall’s to investigate the incident.

The dog’s charred remains will be transported to the New Bolton Center for a necropsy Saturday morning, officials said.

The incident is the second in less than four months in which a dog has been found burned within a several-mile radius in Chester County.

Craig Baxter, an Animal Protection Services officer with the SPCA who investigated the incident Friday, expressed his reaction as he received another call involving a burned animal.

“When I got the initial call, I didn’t believe it,” Baxter said. “I just thought: Here we go again.”

 Rich Britton, a spokesman for the SPCA, said these types of crimes will not be tolerated in the county and urged anyone with information regarding the incident to contact authorities.

“This is the type of behaviour that could escalate and involve humans next, if it hasn’t already,” Britton said. “These kinds of people have got to be put away and prosecuted to the fullest extent.”

Investigators urge anyone with information regarding this incident to call Animal Protective Services at 610-692-6113, extension 213.

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