Second Dog In Pennsylvania Forced To Perish In Flames

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Coatesville, PA police responding to a fire Friday night were horrified when what they thought to be a brush fire turned out to be a cage containing the charred remains of a dog.

The University of Pennsylvania will be performing a necropsy to determine if the dog died prior to being set ablaze, but it seems apparent that the dog was purposely confined to cause as much suffering as possible.

“No matter how many scenes of animal cruelty, especially of dogs set on fire, you never get used to it,” Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton stated.  “This is a companion animal, this is someone’s loved one, that’s how we look at it.  This treatment is intolerable; no one should accept this, that’s why we’re looking to the public for help.”

This is the second such incident since June.  A Yorkie was trapped in plastic bags, which were doused with an accelerant and set on fire.  Officials deemed the sight too disturbing and graphic to disclose photo.  Concerned owners of the missing dog were horror stricken to find out what happened to their cherished pet on the news.

Animal Protective Services officer Craig Baxter was shocked at the condition of the dog upon its initial examination.

“In the eight years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen something so horrific,” Baxter said. “How someone could do this to an animal is beyond my belief.”

Pennsylvania authorities are desperate to put an end to this vicious and ghastly trend.  Anyone with information is asked to notify the Coatesville police or the SPCA.  The contact number for the SPCA is 610-692-6113, extension 213.  For those wishing to remain anonymous, the Philadelphia Animal Rescue Examiner tip-line may be reached at 215-821-9281.

All pet owners, particularly those in the Pennsylvania area, are reminded to keep an especially close watch on their beloved pets, and to immediately report any suspect animal activity or abuse to the proper authorities.

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Burned dog found in crate along Chester County road (With Video)

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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.

Video & News Link:-http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/09/23/news/doc505e259776866001526059.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Owner of burned dog in Coatesville comes forward (video)

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WEST GOSHEN — The owner of a dog found dead and burned about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Coates Street said whoever is responsible should surrender to police.

Cora Brown of Coatesville spoke at a news conference Monday about her 4½-year-old Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix named Prince Wooga Wooga Brown but more commonly known as Woogie.

She said the dog was her “baby” and she is mystified how anyone could have committed this heinous crime. “I don’t know how to make sense of it,” Brown said. “I don’t know if I could ever understand why it was done.

Cora Brown dabs tears off of her face while discussing the burning of her dog at a press conference at the Chester County SPCA on Monday. Her Yorkie-Poodle was burned in Coatesville on Saturday

Animal Protective Services officer Craig Baxter said a necropsy found Woogie was burned after he had died of apparent asphyxiation. He said there was no indication of strangulation or blunt-force trauma, and there was no charring in the lungs or throat of the dog to indicate it had been burned alive.

Baxter said the final test results will give investigators a clear picture of exactly what happened and they may be available as soon as today. He said the dog was 90 percent charred, but its face was left intact and was identified by Brown.

When the dog was found in trash bags Saturday morning, some of the bags had melted onto the animal’s carcass, Baxter said. He said a chemical had been poured onto the bags then ignited.Brown said Woogie occasionally left his home but always returned within hours of leaving.

So when he disappeared on Friday afternoon, she thought he would return. She said he liked some of the female dogs in the area, and she believed Woogie was “just playing with one of his girlfriends.” She learned of the investigation into a burned dog on Saturday afternoon and eventually contacted the Chester County SPCA. The dog was found about a tenth of a mile from Brown’s home, she said.

Brown said she was relieved Woogie was not burned alive.

“It gives me some sense of relief that he didn’t get burned prior to dying,” Brown said. “I didn’t want my puppy to die, but I do have some relief from that.”

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Animal cruelty ‘beyond belief’ in Coatesville

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COATESVILLE — Firefighters and local police made a grisly discovery early Saturday morning after they were called to a suspected trash fire in the 300 block of Coates Street, according to officials.

Once the flames were extinguished, emergency responders found the fire had burned a small dog. It is unclear whether the dog was alive or dead when the fire started, fire officials said.

Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton said during a news conference Saturday that the dog appeared to be a male Yorkshire terrier or a similar mix and was 3 to 5 years old. The dog’s owner is unknown.

Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton holds a picture of a dog similar to the one found burned in Coatesville early Saturday morning.

Britton had a photograph of a dog that he said likely was similar to the burned animal.
Coatesville Detective Kevin Campbell said evidence was collected and police and Animal Protective Services are actively investigating the incident.

“Foul play is suspected. This dog was dumped in the middle of nowhere,” Campbell said. “(We) don’t know if the dog was alive at the time it was burned or if it was killed prior to and then dumped and burned for whatever reason or to cover up what happened.” Campbell said he has not seen anything like this in his 15 years as a police officer.

Animal Protective Services officer Craig Baxter said he got a call at 3:15 a.m. and was shocked at the condition of the dog upon initial examination.

“In the eight years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen something so horrific,” Baxter said. “How someone could do this to a small animal is beyond my belief.”

Investigators said the animal was found burning in an area away from any houses.
Animal Protective Services officer Cheryl Shaw performed the initial examination of the dog’s body. She said it weighed about 15 pounds and had silver, black and tan coloring. The dog was almost completely charred from the fire, Shaw said.

The dog’s carcass has been sent for a necropsy that will determine the animal’s cause of death and whether it was alive when it was burned.

“If this turns out to a criminal act, let me tell you, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to do everything we can with the Coatesville Police Department to bring this person to justice,” Britton said.

Britton and Shaw both emphasized that any unwanted animals can always be brought to the SPCA’s shelter — no questions asked.

“We’re not going to judge anybody. Please, if you don’t want your animal or can’t keep it for whatever reason, bring it to us,” Shaw said. “We will take it in; we will take care of it. Don’t do anything of this type. We don’t want any animal in harm’s way.”

Investigators ask anyone who is missing a dog similar to the burned animal or who has any information regarding this incident to call the Coatesville Police Department at 610-384-2300 or the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113, ext. 213.

News Link:http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120611/NEWS03/120619905/animal-cruelty-beyond-belief-in-coatesville&pager=full_story

Rewards offered in PA, NJ Yorkshire Terrier Dog Burnt cruelty cases

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Another day another heinous act of cruelty in Pennsylvania. This time in Coatesville where the remains of a Yorkshire terrier were found smoldering in a trash bag early Saturday.

My colleague Bonnie Cook filed this report this afternoon:

A Chester County resident and animal advocate is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever set a dog afire early Saturday in Coatesville and left it to die.

The animal, a Yorkshire terrier mix between three and five years old, was found by firefighters who responded to what they thought was a trash fire at 2:37 a.m. in the 300 block of Coates Street.

The 15 to 20-pound dog with silver, black and blonde fur was in a trash bag.

It was dead at the scene, said Rich Britton, spokesman for the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Rescue workers took the remains to the SPCA shelter in West Chester for examination. A necropsy is planned for Monday at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School of Medicine’s New Bolton Center. The results are expected by Tuesday, Britton said.

Thomas G. Hickey, Sr., founder of SavingPuppies.com animal advocacy group and a member of the Governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board, said he was dismayed to learn of the case of animal cruelty from news reports on Sunday morning.

He put up the reward money, he said, in the hope that others would do the same.

“I’m hoping if we get enough money, somebody in Coatesville will say, for that amount of money I’ll make a call,” Hickey said. “The only way it stops, is if someone gets arrested, and we deal with it as a crime.”

Britton said the Chester County SPCA has “zero tolerance” for cruelty to animals.

“This appears to be abhorrent behavior to an innocent life, a young animal that is sweet and defenseless, and that is being taken advantage of in the worst of ways,” he said.

Britton said Coateville police detectives and animal investigators were keeping details of the dog’s death out of the public eye until they can say definitively what happened. He did confirm, however, that a woman came forward and said the dog might be hers.

Coatesville resident Aigner Brown said her terrier went missing Friday. She could not be reached for comment Sunday because her phone mailbox was full.

In Pennsylvania, cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the perpetrator could be sentenced to two years in jail and a $1,000 fine, or both, Britton said. A psychiatric evaluation is also required.

News Link:-http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/158385515.html

Dog Found Set On Fire In Coatesville

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COATESVILLE, Pa. –

Police and members of the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are investigating the gruesome discovery of a dog that had been put in a bag and set on fire early Saturday morning in Coatesville.

According to police, a passerby had reported what appeared to have been a trash fire shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but responding firefighters discovered it was actually a dead dog that had been put in a bag and set on fire.

They said testing is needed before they can determine whether or not the dog had been alive or dead before it was set on fire.

Coatesville Police detective Kevin Campbell said he had never seen anything like this in his 15 years of police work. He said they expect foul play was involved, as the dog was “dumped in the middle of nowhere.”

He added that evidence was collected at the scene, which they hope will lead them to those responsible.

Officials with the Chester County SPCA said the dog appears to have been a young adult male Yorkshire Terrier or a mixed breed. Photographs had been taken of the dog, but they said they thought they were too disturbing to release to the public.

Investigators have not been able to locate the animal’s owner and are asking anyone with a dog matching that description to contact the Chester County SPCA.

News Link:-http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/18745979/dog-found-set-on-fire-in-coatesville

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