NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating a gruesome discovery involving a dog found burned to death in the driveway of a Northwest Miami-Dade residence.
Miami-Dade Police responded to a 911 call regarding a dog on fire in the area of Northwest 95th Street and 25th Avenue, just after 7 a.m., Tuesday.
Detectives said they found a dead dog laying in the driveway of a home.
“To be honest with you, it looks like somebody ain’t got nothing better to do, just put the dog in flames,” said one neighbor.
7News cameras captured charred concrete and ashes.
Miami-Dade Animal Services also responded and removed the remains.
Residents in the area were stunned by the discovery.
“I don’t really see a good reason why somebody would set a dog on fire,” said neighbor Richard Miller.
Neighbors aren’t the only ones angered by the act.
“I’m mad. I’m furious, actually,” said Marie Gaspari with the Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue team. “Something needs to happen to fix this problem.”
She helps feed dogs in the area where she’s also seen horrific abuse. Gaspari said rescue groups like hers need the public’s help to save animals from suffering.
“We need to work together to fix this problem,” she continued. “We have to do it. I’m positive we may have a way, but we need to work together.”
A source close to the investigation described the dog as a female terrier mix that was likely struck in the street, pulled to the side of the road, then someone set her on fire.
Gaspari said this person needs to be caught.
“A sick person. That’s for sure, a sick person,” said Gaspari. “They don’t belong to society. Simple as that.”
Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
If you have any information on this case of animal cruelty, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Any information on this case can be sent to Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-670-1391.
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