Reward climbs in case of dog set ablaze

Chloe, a young pit bull, was found in an East Germantown neighborhood. Suffering from severe burns, the dog is being treated at a Lambertville animal hospital.
Chloe, a young pit bull, was found in an East Germantown neighborhood. Suffering from severe burns, the dog is being treated at a Lambertville animal hospital.
Posted: June 27, 2012

Animal advocates are certain that someone in East Germantown knows who doused a mixed-breed dog with gasoline on Sunday and set her afire.

The reward for that information climbed Tuesday to $1,000 as enraged animal lovers rallied to support the Pennsylvania SPCA and its effort to bring the offender to justice.

Chloe, a young pit-bull mix, was discovered suffering from severe burns on the 700 block of Gray Street by workers from the city's animal control. Her entire face had been burned, along with her belly and most of her legs, said the PSPCA's Wendy Marano. Chloe was transferred to an shelter hospital in New Jersey for emergency care.

"Her injuries were just too horrendous," Marano said. "People worked really hard to save her, but it didn't work." Chloe died Monday of her wounds.

Officials located the animal's former owners who Marano said were cooperating with investigators.

"This is a senseless crime," Marano said. "Anyone who would deliberately set a creature on fire and then leave her to die is inhumane in the fullest sense of the word."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722. Donations to the reward fund can be made at http://pspca.org/support-us/donate/ or call 215-426-6304 Ext. 272.

Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com, or @inqwriter on Twitter ...

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