LIMA — The Ohio SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for beating and setting a male German Shepherd dog on fire in Lima.
“This is a horrific act of violence, and we want the guilty parties brought to justice,” said Noah Turner, Ohio SPCA and Humane Society Shelter director. “Someone knows who did this.”
On March 27, an Ohio SPCA cruelty investigator responded to a call regarding a dog that had been set on fire on the railroad tracks in the vicinity of the 300 block of East Elm and Central streets. The caller said the persons involved were two young black males, who were carrying a gas can and starting a fire.
The investigator photographed the scene and the dog and then transported the animal’s body to the Humane Society on Elida Road. A necropsy was performed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture Preliminary results indicate the male dog had been beaten and then set on fire.
“We were finally able to locate and speak with the owner of the dog,” Turner said. “This was a hard thing to do, but we felt it was necessary before releasing (information surrounding) the incident to the public.”
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Ohio SPCA and Humane Society at 419-991-1775 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.