Virginia Beach, Va. – A $20,000 reward is now being offered in the investigation into the death of a dog whose body was found at the scene of a brush fire in the 1200 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard on Friday afternoon.
The dog was a medium-sized, adult dog, grey and white in color and believed to be a pit-type breed. A photo of the dog was located and shows the dog approximately a year and a half ago.
Through an investigation, it was determined that the dog’s front and rear legs were bound together and the dog was still alive when set on fire, according to the results of a necropsy.
The case remains under investigation by Virginia Beach Animal Control and the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
Anyone with information regarding the fire or a possible owner for the dog is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to the Crime Solvers line could be eligible for a $1,000 reward if their information leads to an arrest.
An additional reward is being offered through cumulative efforts of the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and multiple anonymous citizens. The account is being maintained by the Friends of Animal Care and Adoption Center and is currently for $20,000.
Jenny Teed is the Virginia Beach SPCA Shelter Manager.
She says the shelter accepts owner-surrenders free of charge and would gladly have found the dog a new home.
None of us want to see anything like this happen to an animal. We could have made sure the animal was taken care of appropriately," Teed told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo.
All tips should be called into Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.