$2,000 reward offered in burned dog case
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UPDATE: Beatrice is back at the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals. Her owner says she is dehydrated and losing skin.
Animal Fairy Charities is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for burning Beatrice.
UPDATE (10 a.m.): Milwaukee police said a 21-year-old man was arrested for the theft of Beatrice.
The suspect has been released pending further investigation.
The case is under review with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office.
MILWAUKEE -- Beatrice, a 5-year-old dog from West Milwaukee is now wearing a t-shirt to cover her burns and scars -- everything from her ears to tail does not look right.
"I'm just very glad that she is home," said owner Karen Smith-Burns. "She needs a lot of care right now, she needs around the clock pain medicine."
One afternoon at home Smith-Burns let all her dogs out to play, but Beatrice never came back.
"I was very nervous and was really worried," Smith-Burns said. "All I could do was keep looking and pray."
Smith-Burns waited 11 days for an update. That's when a worker at Potawatomi Bingo Casino found Beatrice. The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission gave the dog emergency care before she was taken to an area vet.
"It was a happy little dog but her body condition was pretty terrible," said Katie Bowie, a veterinarian technician. "She had singeing of her fur from head to toe and her ears were extremely red. Could it have happened accidentally? Yeah, but most likely not."
Beatrice may have experienced life threatening injuries - but not enough to weaken the strong spirit of a dog and her owner.
"I'm so glad she is here," Smith-Burns said. "Even through it means a lot of extra laundry, she's even sleeping with me right now, so I've got her close by all the time."
An organization called Animal Fairy Charities is offering a reward for anyone with information about who might have harmed Beatrice.
Beatrice will need 2-3 months of intense treatment.