Sheffield: Dog Is Beaten, Tied To Tree, Then Set On Fire

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“My apologies for the lack of recent posts; but my painful disability meant I had to take some time out…I only wish I could say the same for stories relating to animal abuse…as this is just heartbreaking!” 

“Whoever did this is one sick, perverse, evil bastard; if they didn’t want the dog, why not give it up to the local shelter. Someone who intentionally causes harm like this to an animal; is a danger to all.  If you know who did this & are covering for them..then you are as much to blame; you might as well have done the deed yourself! They need to be caught asap; before they carry out more despicable acts of cruelty. Please if you know anything …contact the police, no matter how trivial you may think it is, it could help catch the person responsible!”

“I am slowly losing my faith in humanity, it never ceases to amaze me how barbaric, pernicious & utterly primitive some humans can be towards animals! I can only take solace in the fact that if this person in not caught…that Karma will eventually knock at their door!”

Published on Monday 25 February 2013 11:43

 A DOG was tortured and burned to death in Sheffield, police have revealed today. 

POLICE dog set on fire

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found by a horrified member of the public on a path off Manor Laith Road, Sky Edge.

Police officers, who are trying to trace the owner of the dog, want to hear from anyone with information about the attack.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information from members of the public after a body of a badly beaten and burned dog was found in Sheffield.

Sometime between Monday, February 18, and Sunday, February 24, on a path off Manor Laith Road, near to the allotments, a light coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier male dog is believed to have been severely beaten, before reportedly being tied to a tree and set on fire.

“Officers believe the dog suffered terribly before dying.

“Police would like to speak to anyone that may have seen this dog in the area at this time, or who may have lost a dog that fits this description.”

Anyone with any information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 488 of February 24, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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California Man Charged With Setting His Family’s Basset Hound On Fire With Lighter Fluid

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“Sound like this prick was known fairly well to the cops, having been done for vandalism etc. So I presume he got a slap on the wrist, which would be no deterrent to a 3 year old child…Consequently here we are…killing animals! His appetite for crime just got stronger, first the dog, better watch out…could be a child kidnapper or rapist next…if the Judge does not pass the right sentence. These people are cold hearted evil little shit’s who care for no one but themselves. Please sign the petition, lets get this vermin locked up for a long time…who am I kidding…6 months if lucky…F-ing pathetic!” 

Andrew Delgado is accused of killing his family’s 3-year-old basset hound, Buddy.

Andrew Delgado Killed dog set of fire

Suspect Andrew Delgado was arrested Thursday in Camarillo Heights, north of Los Angeles, and subsequently confessed to the disturbing crime against his family’s pet, cops said.

An 18-year-old California man was behind bars Friday on charges that he killed his family’s basset hound by dousing the dog with lighter fluid and setting the pet on fire.

Suspect Andrew Delgado was arrested Thursday in Camarillo Heights, a coastal city north of Los Angeles, and subsequently confessed to the disturbing crime, cops said.

“During his interview after the arrest, he admitted setting the dog on fire and also told us he was under the influence of drugs at the time,” Capt. Don Aguilar with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told the Daily News.

“We can’t confirm what kind of drugs he was on, but he did claim responsibility,” Capt. Aguilar said.

The dog was found clinging to life in a ravine near Delgado’s family home on Oct. 27, cops said.

Buddy – doused in lighter fluid then set on fire – Died from his injuries

Named Buddy, the severely burned pooch died a short time later.

The inhumane act of it really hit home with a lot of people in the community,” Capt. Aguilar said. “There’s been an outpouring of concern with citizens very concerned about an arrest.”

Delgado was booked on arson and animal cruelty charges with bail set at $35,000.
He is due in court Tuesday.

In August, Delgado was found guilty of vandalism and also pleaded guilty to drug and theft offenses in three separate incidents, the Ventura County Star reported.

We were devastated that it happened and that it was someone who was supposed to be caring for Buddy,” Melissa Ruthenbeck-Chiaramonte, president of the Basset Hound Rescue group that placed Buddy with Delgado’s family, told the newspaper.

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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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Man Who Burned His Own Dog Arrested

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — North Miami Police detectives have arrested the man they say is responsible for a painful case of animal cruelty, detectives said Saturday.

Witvil Florvil, 29, is charged with animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.

Florvil burned his own dog’s back, according to police.

“There was a dog, it was hiding back there by the garbage cans,” a neighbor named Tim said. “It looked really bad. It’s whole back was bloody. I called animal control.”

The boxer-sharpei mix was taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services in mid-July with second- and third-degree burns from head to tail.

When we first met him after he was removed from Florvil’s home, he was scared and in pain.

“The dog is clearly a fighter,” Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Kathleen Labrada said. “These are extremely painful wounds he’s suffering from. He’s a little stand-offish around people. But I would be, too.”

At the time, the dog was nicknamed “Courage”. Neighbors say the dog must have had a lot of it.

“When I initially saw the dog I thought it was probably hurt by running over by a car or something,” Tim said. “I didn’t know that somebody actually did something to it.”

Another neighbor, Ali, wasn’t in town at the time of the burning. But he still expressed his condolences for the animal.

“I feel bad for the dog,” Ali said.

Another person who lives at the home on NW 127 Avenue in North Miami was originally cited, but after what police are calling an extensive investigation, Florvil was arrested.

The dog is now named Bentley and is being cared for by a rescue group out of South Carolina named Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue.

“I feel better for the animal,” Tim said. “When i first saw it I thought they’d put him to sleep. But the fact that somebody came down here and adopted it is great.

To learn more about Bentley’s care or to donate to Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue, visit

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Adopted By The Man Who Saved Him, Dog Set On fire Inspires Change In Animal Welfare Laws

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“It took the horror & pain of one little pups suffering & the determination of the man who saved him, to make those in power, sit up & amend animal laws. I & thousands more like me, will be forever grateful to Dr.James & Gucci for all the hard work they have done! Fighting for tougher animal laws is no easy task, I often wonder if I will ever see the day, when sentient beings are given the kindness, love, respect & protection, they so greatly deserve!! Watch the video to see Gucci, his picture doesn’t do him justice!!”

Dr. Doug James was in front of his Alabama home when he heard the screams of a puppy in distress. Moments later, he saw a horrific act that changed his life – and the life of the dog he saved.

James says he’ll never forget that fateful evening when he came upon a group of teen thugs beating a puppy. As he approached them, they set the dog on fire.


“I heard the noise down the street, I heard the little puppy yelping. They were slapping him around, a little three-month-old puppy. Slap, slap, slap. All of a sudden he just burst into flames and I went running down there yelling, I thought how could anybody be that cold blooded,” he said. “He was totally on fire. They had squirted his face with lighter fluid and his whole body was on fire. I said, ‘Did you burn that dog?’ Of course it was obvious that they did, the poor puppy was on fire.”

James and a neighbor extinguished the burning dog after his assailants fled. He rushed the suffering canine to a local vet for treatment.

“I was just thinking the cruelty involved there. This dog is not going to make it through the night, the cold blooded nature of the whole thing. I just couldn’t believe it, he did. The next day he was like my little Marine dog, he just kept on going,” James said.

While it was clear that the abused dog would never look the same again, he was otherwise unharmed, and recovered quickly. When he did, James took him home.

“I rescued him and then I kept him. I kept the dog, and I guest the rest is history,” James added. Gucci and his story of torture and survival inspired change as James started pushing for stronger animal cruelty laws in Alabama. Many were moved by his tale, and James fully believes that Gucci was born with a purpose.

“He was special, you know, because he had been through so much. He was a great human resource, he was a great greeter. I said many a time: if he was human he would be governor. He could just work a crowd. At one stop in north Alabama people waited an hour for him. When he arrived it was like a rock star was there, they cheered him,” James laughed. “It was just so much fun.”

Gucci and James spent the next 16 years together working tirelessly on behalf of animal abuse victims. When he passed away, James had him cremated. To this day, he still misses his companion.

“I had him cremated and he’s in a little cedar box in my hallway, and I give him his good morning and his good night kiss just the way I always did. He was just such a good dog, he was.R.I.P Gucci x

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Burned dog Hercules perks up, fights for life in NJ vet clinic

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Hercules is living up to his name.

When he was found on July 5 on West Cheltenham Ave. in north Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body.

Today he is making great strides, fighting hard against the odds.

For two weeks the staff at Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, NJ have toiled 24/7 to bring the nearly six-month old youngster back to life.

Dr. Wendy Ross says Hercules is now able to eat and stand on his own and be touched without crying in pain. He’s also been taken off drip antibiotics and is  receiving medication orally.

Best of all, she said, he’s starting to show his personality. “He’s perking up, coming out of his cage and climbing into people’s laps,” she said.

Hercules underwent a grafting procedure today that Ross said will allow him full movement in his hind end. The medical device firm, Integra, donated material made from cow tendons and used on human burn victims, to repair deep wounds on his right hind leg. Because Hercules suffered such extensive burns, there was no available skin on his body to use and allowing the wounds to heal naturally would have meant restricted movement in his leg.

Ross reported this afternoon: “So far, so good.” She said while Hercules is largely out of the woods as far as life-threatening infections are concerned, that he will be monitored to ensure his body accepts the graft material.

R.I.P Sweet Chloe

Hercules was found a week after another pit bull puppy, Chloe, was set aflame and abandoned about a mile away, on West Grey Ave. in Germantown. Chloe succumbed to her wounds despite the best efforts of veterinarians at Crown. 

Meanwhile, humane law enforcement officers are continuing to pursue leads in both cases. Reward funds stand at $5,000 for Chloe and $1,500 for Hercules. Volunteers are canvassing the neighborhoods. alerting residents to the rewards, said Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Last week several hundred people turned out for a rally, Justice for Chloe and Hercules, at the PSPCA last week. District Attorney Seth Williams was among the speakers.

Donations are needed to help pay for Hercules’ costly and continuing round-the-clock care over the next several weeks before he is able to be placed in a new home.

The PSPCA has relinquished ownership of Hercules to the Animal Alliance of NJ, a rescue that specializes in treating and finding homes for the most severely injured and abused animals – many of them saved from the streets of Philadelphia.

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Dog dies after being intentionally burned by teenagers – Video

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“R.I.P Princess, I’m lost for words…& disturbed at how often this is happening!”

Deondra Peterson says there are few words to describe the teenagers who doused her dog, Princess, with lighter fluid and burned her last Saturday. The five month old husky/chow mix survived the attack, but died Monday afternoon after her injuries got worse.

“It’s evil. That’s sick .That’s very sick,” said Peterson.

Florence police say witnesses saw five or six teenagers pour lighter fluid on Princess near Iola Jones Park on Oakland Avenue.

Peterson says her dog ran into the home right after the attack, but she didn’t even realize it was Princess.

“I smell something burning so I’m checking around my house cause I’m thinking something outside might be on fire. A little boy walks by and was like oh yea, your dog was just on fire in the projects.”

Peterson says she can’t understand who would be so cruel to do that to her dog.

“You know how hot it was that day. I don’t understand what made yall want to set a dog on fire in a 104 degrees like you don’t think she was hot enough and then she was a chow and husky. She had a bunch of hair and you going to set her on fire and everybody take a turn squiring lighter fluid on a dog.”

Audrey Yon didn’t witness the attack, but was driving to work when she saw Princess on fire.

“I was on my way going to work and I see this dog was on fire. I say oh my God and I didn’t see a police in sight. I say Lord who done that,” said Yon.

Peterson says she cleaned Princess to take her to a veterinarian, but she ran under the house and stayed there until Monday.

Peterson crawled under the home and got Princess, but by then it was too late.

“I crawled under the house to get my dog. Like, I don’t know too many people’s, anybody else would have let their dog just die. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want her to suffer. She smelled like her inside was just rotten. She smelled like a dead dog already but she was still alive,” Peterson explained.

She called the Florence City Animal Control to come get Princess and she died hours later.

“If you’ll set a dog on fire, imagine what they’ll do to another human. I don’t feel like people like that need to walk around.”

Officers say they have good leads on the teenagers believed to be involved. When arrested, they will be charged with Animal Cruelty.

If you have any information on this  crime, you’re asked to call the Florence Police Department at (843) 665-3191.

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Dog dies after being intentionally burned by teenagers

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Deondra Peterson says there are few words to describe the teenagers who doused her dog, Princess, with lighter fluid and burned her last Saturday.

PSPCA: Third Philadelphia’s pet set on fire; rally planned

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“WTF…sorry but this makes me so mad, these people are obviously not in their right mind, no sane person would purposely set a puppy on fire! or would they? Wouldn’t surprise me if it wasn’t kids…but whoever it was, they need to be caught & thrown in jail for several years, not months!”

For the third time in less than a month, a pet has been discovered with serious burns after being set ablaze.

Hercules was found suffering from severe burns in the city’s West Oak Lane section.… (Pennsylvania SPCA )

The latest victim, a pit bull puppy, was found in severe pain by a passerby in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section. The four-month-old pup, spotted wandering on West Cheltenham Avenue, had been burned on the legs and back and left to die, said a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Hercules, who is expected to survive, was first taken to PSPCA headquarters then transferred to a shelter hospital in New Jersey for emergency care, said spokeswoman Wendy Marano. The puppy remained in serious condition this afternoon at Animal Alliance of NJ in Lambertville.

The case follows two others in less than fortnight.

“This is an extremely troubling trend,” said Marc Peralta, chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

On Sunday, a man who barricaded himself inside a South Philadelphia rowhouse reportedly killed a small cat, set it on fire, and hung it on a fence on the side of his house. The man, who lived on the 1800 block of Dickinson, later surrendered to police.

Last week, a young pit bull named Chloe died of severe burns after being set on fire near the 700 block of Gray Street in the East Germantown section. Investigators have several leads, Marano said. PSPCA officials do not know if the two pit bull incidents are related.

Chloe, a young pit bull, was found severely burned in an East Germantown neighborhood.

The PSPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to Chloe.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also put up another $1,000.

“We see a lot of cases of animal abuse in the city,” said Marano, “but setting an animal on fire and leaving it to die is just heinous. We need the community to stand with us and not tolerate these kind of acts.”

The PSPCA is planning a rally, Justice for Chloe, to bring attention to extreme animal cruelty within the city limits. “Justice for Chloe” will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s headquarters at 350 E. Erie Avenue.

“We don’t know what causes people to do this,” Marano said. “It appears to be a spur of the moment kind of action.

“We can’t even get into the mind of someone who would do this,” she said. “But one thing’s certain, we can’t let anyone get away with these acts.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722. Donations to the reward fund can be made at or call 215-426-6304 Ext. 272.

Milwaukee Police arrest man for starting dog on fire

“I have been trying to find out more about this case, as yet nothing but will keep looking…If these scum bags don’t get prison time, I don’t know what it will take to get an animal abuser banged up!”

The Milwaukee Police Department is reporting that they took a 23-year-old man into custody for animal cruelty. The suspect was arrested in the 4400 block of N.54th Street Friday evening after attempting to set the family dog on fire .

The Boxer was conveyed to a local animal hospital for treatment for burns over 25 percent of its body. More information to follow as it becomes available.

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