ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force has raised the award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for injuring a dog found last month.
Zeus, a pit bull, was found with third-degree burns on 75 percent of his body, including his left front paw, which had no padding left. His injuries were so severe and his suffering was so extreme veterinarians decided to euthanize him.
Initially the Humane Society offered a $2,500 reward. That has been increased to $5,000.
"We believe there are people who know what happened to Zeus," said Mike Perkins, director, Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. "We encourage them to come forward now with whatever information they have. People who abuse animals are likely to harm animals in the future and are more likely to be violent toward other people, so it's important to bring the perpetrator to justice as soon as possible."
The dog appeared to be in good health before the burns.