Burned Dogs Found By Animal Shelter

PAWS AtlantaWarning: This story may disturb some readers.

PAWS Atlanta has found and treated six dogs in separate incidences with burns on their backs during the past 2 months. They said they saw the first burned dog in July. Since that time, they have rescued 6 dogs with similar looking burns.

The animal organization said the burns look intentional and seemed to be caused by lighter fluid or another flammable liquid. The substance is being poured onto the dogs and they are lit on fire.

The dogs are all puppies and range in age from 8-weeks-old to 5-months-old.

There have been unverified reports that setting a dog on fire may be used as a gang initiation. The dogs are coming from the whole Atlanta metro area, so it is suspected that not just one person is responsible for this terrible crime.

PAWS Atlanta said they simply want this horrible trend to stop.

In related news, a Detroit man has plead guilty to pouring gasoline over his dog and setting him on fire last month.

The Michigan Humane Society tried to treat the shepherd mix, but the dog was so badly burned, they had to euthanize him. Employees at the shelter said it was one of the worst abuse cases they had ever seen.

The owner will be sentenced later this month and faces up to four years in prison.

Source: WSBTV.com

(Thanks Lynn)

26 Responses to “Burned Dogs Found By Animal Shelter”

  1. Roberto P. says:

    Four years is nowhere near enough! I thought I had a whole lot to say about this but I am so disgusted I can’t think straight. Hell is not hot enough for people who are so cruel!

  2. pat says:

    I cannot imagine how anybody capable of such an act could possiby be rehabilitated. Quite frankly, if I ruled the world people like this would be executed. They are a total waste of resources.

  3. Furbabies says:

    Urban youths. Young people who have no regard for life, animal or human. Instead of gangs roaming the streets unchecked, they should be housed in a military-like juvenile institution. There, they would receive an education, taught self-respect, as well as a respect for all living creatures. Violence needs to be stopped at an early age, or todays violent young people will be tomorrows criminals.

  4. Trudy Jackson says:

    Sick, Sick sick. that’s all i can say.
    And I hope someone excellant adopts the puppies.

  5. 2CatMom says:

    A generation of psychopaths are being raised in our cities. Where are the parents? Where are the role models? Oh, I forgot this is in Atlanta, where VICK is a role model.

  6. Lynn says:

    Where are the parents? At the dogfights, or beating their spouses, or committing crimes. That’s where.

    And now you see my point about having to get into the ghettos and mentor the kids. Obviously it’s not happening at home.

    Until someone sets that program up [if anyone is up to the task] I suggest that all kids in schools located close to the ghettos be locked inside the school and drilled over and over and over again about animals, about morality and values, and how crime doesn’t pay. And that they have a choice.

    Quite frankly, this is never excusable at ANY age. It’s like a bad virus. You have to kill it or it will kill you.

    First Vick, then the police dogs overheated and killed in squad cars, and now this…… I am so, so, so disgusted.

  7. Donna says:

    Just no reason for this cruelty.I opt……….. for finding the guilty and give them the “pinkjuice’ they are not worthy of living.They with so little regard for life, should lose their own We as a society do not need them. And if the officals can not put these monsters down,……….call me I have no problem with getting rid of human garbage. Makes for a better and safer world.

  8. Lynn says:


  9. 2CatMom says:

    Furbabies: Today’s violent youth are TODAY’S criminals. Unfortunately, when you have teens and even preteens committing henious crimes, your suggestion may be the only way to go.

    And it isn’t confined to bad neighborhoods. Apparently a popular activity amoung some white suburban youth is to beat homeless people to within an inch of their lives. And again, these kids are learning these values at home. Maybe its not crack and dogfighting but its a callous disregard for anyone less fortunate than themselves.

    My generatio of parents have a lot to answer for!

  10. 3FURS says:

    Spare the rod…spoil the child. Parent’s authority in the home has been eroded by the law. You mustn’t spank little junior. Well, hold the parents accountable for the actions of their children. You might see a few rods used !! I’m not talking about child abuse ( which still happens, by the way ), but teach children respect and to value themselves. IMO, as it stands, parents just let the children run wild, to protect themselves from the inane law that will punish them if they swat their child.

  11. 3FURS says:

    Youths 12 yrs. and older should be tried in adult court. Under age 12, both of the parents, should be tried for the crime. No more coddling of criminals. No more of not releasing the name of a criminal to the newspapers. Shame the criminal, wheather it’s the youth or the parents. Then punish the criminal. As it is right now, the law abiding person has to live in fear. But the criminal, of all ages, goes on to terrorize more.

  12. Lynne says:

    Why does everyone assume it is juveniles doing this? Vick is an adult and look what he did.

  13. Baaboo says:

    How much more perverted can this country get ??

  14. CINDY WALSH says:


  15. nora says:

    PAT!!!! I am with you on this one. And 2CatMom, I think you are right also about Michael Vick being a direct influence on what will become a trend with ignorant trash attempting to imitate him. They should all be done away with.

  16. 2CatMom says:

    3FURS - I have to disagree with you - I don’t think that parents are afraid of disciplining their kids, I think they are 1) so wrapped up in their own dramas that they don’t pay attention to what their kids are doing and 2) they don’t want to damage their little darlings’ self esteem.

    I watched a father fiddle with his cell phone on a train platform while his preschooler wandered closer and closer to the edge. I finally said “sir you might want to keep an eye on your kid there.” First he glared at me (Oh I’m sooooo sorry I interrupted your instant messengering) then he seemed to realize that he didn’t see his kid. A momentary look of panic crossed his face and then he grabbed the kid and let into him.

    I didn’t say this but I wanted to: Mr. you’re the one who should be yelled at. Your son is 3 or 4 years old, its your responsibility to keep him safe.

  17. KarlaSanDiego says:

    I just want to cry when I read these stories. I just don’t understand WHY this has to happen. I just don’t. Well said by all of you.

  18. Nancy G. says:

    I suspect this has something to do with gangs making a statement about Michael Vick’s case. Since Mr. Vick is so contrite, why not get him to make a public service video to be shown on Atlanta area TV, telling the guilty parties to knock it off?

  19. Lynn says:

    Lynne says: September 8th, 2007 at 10:55 am
    Why does everyone assume it is juveniles doing this? Vick is an adult and look what he did.


    Nancy G. says: September 8th, 2007 at 7:29 pm
    I suspect this has something to do with gangs making a statement about Michael Vick’s case.

    As I understand it, in this particular case they believe it’s caused by young kids - an initiation of sorts. Nonetheless, I am all for Vick making a public broadcast to tell kids to knock it off.

    I wish judges everywhere would crack down on these kids. To boot, they ought to fine and incarcerate the parents for having no control over the kids.

    Parents in the last 30 years have done nothing except create generations of self-centered, egotistical, discourteous brats with zero values. We’ve got a country filled with monsters and the way I see it, someone had better get wise and start throwing the book at these people [kids and parents alike].

  20. Sharon says:

    This country has gone to hell in a handbasket. Where are the parents? Where are the schools? Where is law enforcement? I have never seen so many adults fail to be responsible or held accountable for their own behavior and that of their kids. Everyone seems to think they are entitled to do whatever they want and have whatever they want without working for it, without paying for it. It’s creating a generation were animals and children are abused without anyone even getting up in arms about it. This kind of attitude is going to get us all killed. Case in point - the military flew from Montana to Louisiana last week with six nuclear warheads on the plane. One of these kids who never learned anything forgot to remove the nuclear bombs before the plane took off. I’m sure the govt response was a slap on the hand. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  21. catmom5 says:

    OK, as a recently retired public school teacher, I can tell you about the parents who defend their children even when their children are clearly in the wrong. (If that other kid hadn’t provoked my kid, my kid never would have punched him!) There are also parents who are doing a heck of a good job parenting their children, but they seem to be decreasing. Seems as though too many are now parenting out of guilt ~ since the parents are so involved with their own lives they show their love by buying their kids anything they want and letting them do whatever they want to do. What’s wrong with saying NO?
    The schools are limited as to the amount/kind of discipline they can mete out. In addition, with No Child Left Behind and the frenzy of testing kids, supports such as social workers and school nurses are being eliminated. And you know what’s happening to funds for community mental health and law enforcement . . .
    The courts need to step in and do a better job of sentencing offenders. The legislatures need to step in and pass laws to make this kind of behavior unacceptable. The schools need to toughen up their standards and let parents know that they will no longer overlook violent student behavior. The parents need to step up and do some parenting. And I hope that society will let the rest of the “powers that be” know that we will no longer tolerate a world where abuse and violence toward any living being is acceptable.

  22. Martha says:

    I am heart sick for the poor helpless, animals, and agree with all of the comments, but rather than just talk about it, we should do something about it. I propose setting up a reward fund.

    Perhaps if enough money is raised, it will cause someone to turn these monsters in, and the abuse will stop. I don’t want to see one more animal to suffer.

    I will be happy to organize the effort, and can be contacted by email at:
    mlhense@earthlink.net, or www.laserworksatlanta.com

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  24. Stefani says:

    These people — these kids, the man making his cat smoke crack, Vick, the dog fighters — all of them — need to be put on chain gangs, and their labor for the rest of their lives needs to be used to raise money to help animals. They should be forced to do hard labor for the rest of their lives and all the earnings from their labor should be given to animal charities and rescues.


  25. Stephanie Powell says:

    Please help these aniamls out because that is very sad that people do that.

  26. Julia says:

    Please help these animals out because I dont whant dogs to be exstinkted in the future . I whant kids like me to have someone to talk to and someone to be there for them.

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