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Animal Cruelty: Chihuahua Put Down after Burns Consume His Body

We have a gut wrenching story out of the Washington County Humane Society, as a little Chihuahua they tried to save, had to be put down. We want to warn everyone, that some of the images you're about to see of this dog's burns are graphic.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - We have a gut wrenching story out of the Washington County Humane Society, as a little Chihuahua they tried to save, had to be put down.

We want to warn everyone, that some of the images you're about to see of  this dog's burns are graphic.

Now they're looking for the person who owned the dog, or anyone else who might have information.

WHAG spoke with the responding officer from the Humane Society who said the little Chihuahua was found crying under a bush in City Park with burns covering almost half of his little body.

The little Chihuahua, who workers from the Humane Society of Washington County affectionately called Kyus, had to be put down.

Crystal Mowery, Field Officer for the Humane Society, said Kyus was such a sweet, well behaved dog. All he wanted was to curl up on your lap. She said, even though touching him would cause excruciating pain, he was still a good natured dog, and they don't understand who could do this to such a sweet animal.

The Humane Society received a phone call from a man on a Monday night when they said he found the Chihuahua hiding underneath a bush. The dog was covered, over 40 percent of its body, in burns.

"Most likely there was some type of chemical or burns to his skin, or water,” said Crystal Mowery, the responding officer on this case.

Mowery said they did everything they could.

"We were hopeful that he was going to recover, even though it was significant, with 40 percent of his skin was burned at that time. So he was started on an aggressive treatment regiment. And he was brought back for 24-hour monitoring and treatment here at the Humane Society. And he was also, after that, transported to foster care where he could be watched closely,” said Mowery. “But over the next couple of days, the skin continued to sloth of, and the blood supply continued to die."

And by that Friday the dog's body was consumed over 70 percent because of the burns.

Now, they're looking for the person who did this.

"Was this an accident? You know and someone couldn't financially afford to seek treatment? Or is this something more malicious? If this is something malicious happening, something that was done with intent, then we'll be seeking justice for him," said Mowery.

She said this is one case that will stay with her for a long time.

Mowery said they sent Kyus to Florida State University where they performed a necropsy on Monday.

They're waiting for toxicology reports to come back within the next couple of weeks.
 
And this is an investigation that the Washington County Humane Society is getting some help with. The Hagerstown Fire Marshal has also filed a report, and they're working together to see if malicious fires started in city park have any connections to the burns on Kyus.
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