COATESVILLE, Pa. - September 22, 2012 --Chester County SPCA officials are investigating a gruesome case of animal cruelty in which a dog was found burning in a cage.
A local fire chief spotted flames on the side of Route 82 Friday night, less than five miles from where another dog was suffocated and burned in June.The Chester County SPCA says both cases are under investigation. Police tape blocks the driveway n West Brandywine Township where the charred remains of that dog were discovered on an abandoned and overgrown property. The dog was locked in a cage and set on fire. "I just got all shook up because who would do that? Who in their right mind would do that to a poor animal?" asked Peggy Baxter. "No matter how many scenes of animal cruelty, especially of dogs set on fire, you never get used to it. This is a companion animal, this is someone's loved one, that's how we look at it. This treatment is intolerable, no one should accept this," said Rich Britton, Chester County SPCA. The Chester County SPCA is looking for the person responsible for burning a dog on the abandoned property on Route 82 near Union Road in West Brandywine Township across the street from Peggy Baxter's house. "I think they're sick, very sick," she said. "I wouldn't want to be in their shoes and meet my maker and know that I've done something like that." Investigators say Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler was passing by the area around 8:00 p.m. Friday night, and saw what appeared to be a brush fire. "When the other firefighter who was with me approached the scene, he immediately said something wasn't right, and that was the time we requested the police department step it up and get over here," said Chief Ziegler. Police spent a few hours collecting evidence at this scene which was similar to another one incident in Coatesville back in June. Someone stole a woman's Yorkshire, Poodle mix named Woogie, put the beloved pet in a plastic bag and set it on fire on the 300 block of West Coates Street. Despite a $3,500 dollar reward, the SPCA says it hasn't received any information on that crime. Now investigators are looking for tips on a second heinous case of animal cruelty. "These are despicable acts, and the Chester County SPCA is investigating along with the West Brandywine Police Department. It is not to be accepted, and we're looking for any help from the public," said Britton. Route 82 is a busy road, and investigators believe the person responsible most likely drove up the driveway just before dark and committed the crime. They are asking anyone who may have information that could help them solve this crime to call the SPCA at 610-692-6113 extension 213.