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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.