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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A dog with severe burns on its face, ears and body was located in a north St. Louis neighborhood Thursday. The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force has been activated in response to find those responsible for the callous actions taken against the dog.

According to an HSMO spokesperson, the task force was called to the 5700 block ofAmelia Avenue, located in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, after discovery of an abused dog.

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The owner initially called the HSMO to report his dog missing on the evening of August 26. A neighbor found the dog in a backyard and contacted the owner, who later surrendered the animal to the HSMO.

An HSMO veterinarian confirmed Zeus suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his head, from his ears to nose, with severe injury to his eyes. An additional 30 percent of Zeus' body was burned, including his front left paw, which had no "padding" due to the burns, as well as the left side of his body, hip, left leg and scrotum.

Veterinarians determined Zeus' injuries had causedextreme suffering and decided to euthanize the dog.

The veterinarian said prior to this incident,Zeus appeared to have been in excellent health with good dental and body condition. Investigators checked the owner's residence and found the dog was being sufficiently cared for before this incident.

The HSMO notified the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the two are investigating the incident.

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Tipsters can call the HSMO's cruelty hotline at 314-647-4400.

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