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$20,000 reward offered; dog burned to death in Virginia

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A private group is offering a $20,000 reward for anyone with information about the killing of a dog that was found at the scene of a brush fire with its legs bound.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1HMhWAY) reports animal control officers found the dead dog at the scene of a brush fire May 29. Police said Monday the dog, believed to be a pit bull type, was still alive when the fire was set.

In a police news release, the account offering the reward is privately maintained by the Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. It's funded by a number of people who have joined forces with the Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The case remains under investigation.

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Authorities say on  Friday in Virginia Beach someone burned a dog to death. 

Now they are looking for any information that may help solve the horrific crime.

"I can't even begin to comprehend why somebody would do something like this. I don't think any of us can," said animal control officer Meghan Conti. "The front legs and the rear legs had been bound together, and the dog had been intentionally set on fire."

Conti and other officers are hoping to find the person responsible.

Around 1:45 p.m. May 29, firefighters contacted Virginia Beach Animal Control. They had put out a brush fire in a wooded area in the 1200 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard which is above North Birdneck Road. The firefighters found the body of a gray and white female dog.

Conti told 13News Now the dog, which officers believe was a type of Pit breed and weighed 35 to 40 pounds, was set on fire while the dog still was alive.

"It's one of the worst cases that I've seen in my career in over ten years," said Conti. "If a person's capable of taking a living, breathing animal and torturing it in this manner, what else are they capable of doing?"

Conti explained any bit of information could be helpful to the investigation.

"We're hoping that somebody in the area saw somebody coming out of the area it occurred in or saw -- or even may know somebody that's bragged or said something about it," explained Conti. "There's nobody here that wants to see somebody get off for doing this to this animal."

Anyone with information regarding the incident or a possible owner of the dog is asked to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Report by Erin Kelly.

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