In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Philadelphia Dog Burning

The dog was stuffed into a cage then set on fire

Chester County, Pa. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever set on fire a caged pit bull mix in Chester County.

On Friday night, September 19, firefighters responded to a call of a brush fire along Route 82 in Chester County. Crews made the grisly discovery of the caged dog after they extinguished the blaze. The dog was killed and results from his necropsy are pending. This is the second such incident in less than four months.

“The cold-bloodedness of this crime indicates what a danger this killer is to all of us,” said Eric Phelps, Emergency Response Unit Coordinator for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and he or she will be serving the entire community by stepping forward.” Phelps added that FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animals “is probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact Chester County SPCA’s Animal Protective Services at 610-692-6113 ext. 213.To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

Contact: Eric Phelps,, 503-754-0977

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals' rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi. _________________________________________________________________________________

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