Humane Society closes dog burning investigation case

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Firefighters in a Dayton neighborhood found a dog that looked like it was burned to death was actually struck and killed by a car, according to the investigation.

The Humane Society received initial reports about a dog found burned to death in the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue in Dayton around March 19.

“We received an initial report stating that the dog had appeared to be hog-tied and set on fire,” said Brian Weltge, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “We shared this initial information with the public asking for help with this case. However, as the investigation proceeded and more information came in we have discovered what we thought was initially a heinous act of violence was in fact not the case.” 

Investigators with the Humane Society and the Dayton Police Department interviewed a juvenile who owned the dog that appeared it was burned to death after receiving an anonymous tip. According to the press release from the Humane Society about this specific case, the juvenile said he was walking with his dog on N. James H. McGee Boulevard when the dog ran into the road and was fatally hit by a car.

Officials say they talked to several witnesses and business owners who confirmed that this information of events is true.

The press release says witnesses from the incident say they juvenile was ‘being clearly distraught’ by the sequence of events that day and the juvenile tried to bury the dog and wanted to save the ashes.

The press release continued, “Despite initial reports, we have concluded there is no evidence of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect in this case. Thanks to the work of our humane agent, the arson investigator and local police, we were able to work together to get to the bottom of this situation and confirm this was clearly a lack of education with no proper adult guidance on animal care.”

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