Puppy Lit on Fire & Killed in Sacramento; $8,000 Reward for Info (Graphic)

The dog was found in the city of Sacramento's Del Paso Heights neighborhood Wednesday.

Warning: The attached video and photos at right contain graphic content.


Authorities in the city of Sacramento are looking for the person or persons who set a puppy on fire and left it to die on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

Gina Knepp, the manager of the Sacramento Animal Care Services Department, said a passerby called to report the case of animal cruelty on Wednesday morning. The dog's injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized, she said.

"This is a sick, twisted person who's done this," Knepp said.

The dog was found near the corner of Calvados Avenue and Oakmont Street, in Sacramento's Del Paso Heights neighborhood. Knepp was planning to head to that area Friday afternoon to pass out fliers asking for help from the community in finding the person or persons responsible.

"Somebody up there knows something and I'm going to find them," she said. "This is about animals but it's also about people. The people of Del Paso Heights shouldn't have to live with someone who's willing to do something of this level of depravity."

Her effort will be bolstered by an $8,000 reward: nonprofit Red Rover has pledged $2,500, dog rescue Scooter's Pals has offered $500 and the Humane Society of the United States is offering $5,000.

Knepp said it was important to find the culprit, because of the link between violence toward animals and violence toward humans.

"If you'll do this to an animal, what's next?"

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 916-808-5855.


Click here to watch a video of the dog shortly after being found in Del Paso Heights – warning: the video contains graphic content.

Joy January 05, 2013 at 03:54 AM
This is so sad! I'm in tears. Some people are just disgusting and not human.
Jeff January 05, 2013 at 04:07 AM
This is a sad story and sorry for what happend to this dog. I think the person who did this should be executed after being put in prison with some animal loving convicts that would make him or her suffer daily. If you dont want your pet find somebody who does don't kill it. Hope you get caught and sentenced
Susan Elizabeth Gill-Zobitz January 05, 2013 at 04:38 AM
I cannot put feelings into words that would pass the censors. I am sickened to my core at the evil and cruelty that clearly takes the space where intelligence and humanity ought to reside in the corporeal body of the scum who did this. When I hear things like this, I put all of my faith in a knowing and powerful God who will exact justice. Such faith is never enough, and I feel sick and wounded inside. Damn the people responsible. Damn them. I'm going to go hug my dog now.
Roni January 05, 2013 at 02:37 PM
To the person or persons who did this act of violence. It is imperative that you are caught for your diabolical actions. You are a menance to society and need to be removed from society immediately before you turn your attention upon children. To hurt one of God's creation the way you hurt this poor helpless animal is beyond any cruel act I have ever encountered. Hurting animals in the manner you hurt this poor dog is not a way to show how tough you are. You are not proving your bravery in any shape or form. What you are proving is your need to be locked away from all humanity...all creations. You are a coward who likes to watch living creatures suffer by your hand. Regardless of your belief, let me inform you, there is a God watching from above all your devious actions. You will be returned that which you did to this dog. And when God pays you a visit with his punishment on you, you will remember it for a long long time. If you want to act so tough, why don't you turn yourself in to the Sacramento Police Department? Perhaps you can get the help you need. One day you will attempt to set a dog on fire and the owner of that dog will have a bullet ready to fire with your name on it. I imagine you wait until darkness falls and a stray dog happens upon you. That's the hour cowards work...you definetly are a coward. A very mentally deranged coward at that.
Sharon Williams January 05, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Unbelievable what some people deem as OK to do...I sincerely hope that the person(s) are caught and prosecuted....
Carol McElheney January 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I usedc to work in the jail. We had a kitty mascot who was allowed on all the floors to control mice. One time an inmate tried to hurt the cat, and luckily the cat wasn't severely injured. The perp was moved into a pod with another group, who didn't take kindly to what he had done. Problem (partly) solved. Cruelty to animals is always a precursor to further antisocial behavior to humans, and possibly serial killers.
PETER SOLT January 05, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I'd would give anything to have ten minutes with this scum..that's all it would take to skin this garbage alive ...and post on FB!
VICTORIA SIGSBY January 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Children and animals are so mistreated how can we as humans live in a world like this and turn away. I'm sure someone was there, so how can you not turn this person or persons in. I know pressures are always on, but if you can't do it and stand up then do it without your name but do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
raleigh jose' January 06, 2013 at 04:23 PM
let's catch the hooligans, tie them up, whip them, and feed them to the carnivorous ants of the amazons!!! if they survive that, let's crucify them upside-down, after castration!!! and, that's justice!!!
Becky S January 06, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Lets just hope that SOMEBODY HAS A HEART and will get over being considered a 'snitch' and just tell us who it is!!! If this person is willing to do that to a poor, innocent puppy, they will do that to a poor, innocent little human being too. The person who did this doesn't deserve the goodness of life for what they've done. Please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You're a waste of life.
Helen Mallazzo January 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Words ate escaping me right now, I am in tears. Why,why,why?
Mark Gold January 08, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Stories like this sicken me! Animals can't say "stop" or "no", and in this case, it was a helpless puppy. People like that shouldn't be allowed to own animals. And if it wasn't their dog, but simply a random act of cruelty, then that person should be locked up as they have the potential of escalating their violence upon more animals or even people.
Terry Gosik January 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree with Mark. If I caught the SOB, I would hold a can of lighter fluid and tease him while I would be flicking my BIC or Zippo lighter! Terry G.
Mark Gold January 09, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Thanks Terry. Unfortunately the penalties for crimes against animals are not nearly as severe as those for crimes against people, so even if the perp is caught it's unlikely he'll see much jail time.


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