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Case ID: 17715
Classification: Burning - Fire or Fireworks, Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Apr 9, 2011

County: Milwaukee

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: 13 year-old male Juvenile

Case Updates: 3 update(s) available

A national animal advocacy group is offering a reward for the arrest of the person who lit a small dog on fire last weekend in Milwaukee.

The 2-year-old miniature pinscher was euthanized after it was discovered Saturday in an alley near 38th and Lloyd. Police searched for the dog's owner since then, until a 12 News viewer made the connection and 12 News reporter Brendan Conway notified the family.

On Friday, the Humane Society of the United States announced it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the animal cruelty case. A witness told investigators she saw several teens beating the dog with sticks earlier Saturday.

Tyrone Skinner, the dog's owner, told 12 News the family pet was named Big Boy, and they searched the neighborhood Saturday when he didn't return home. Family members told 12 News Friday they hope the reward will motivate someone to come forward with information.

Milwaukee police are following up on several leads in the case but have yet to make an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department's tip line at 414-935-7235.

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Case Updates

A second teenager in an animal cruelty case in Milwaukee may face charges as early as Thursday.

Milwaukee Police arrested the teenager in the case of a dog who was beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire.

The incident happened last week near the corner of North 38th and West Lloyd Streets.

The two-year-old dog, named Big Boy, had to be put down last weekend.
Source: - Apr 21, 2011
Update posted on Apr 21, 2011 - 1:34PM 
The teen who's under arrest on suspicion of setting fire to a miniature pinscher last week was arrested for animal cruelty, motor vehicle theft and arson, Milwaukee police said Monday.

The arson and motor vehicle theft accusations are unrelated to the alleged incident involving the dog, police said.

On April 9, police were dispatched to an alley in the 2100 block of N. 38th St., where a 1½- to 2-year-old miniature pinscher was suffering from severe burns.

Police needed help finding the suspect and received plenty of tips from the public. Ultimately, it wasn't a tip but "good police work" that led police to the boy Saturday, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.

The 13-year-old boy was arrested Saturday on allegations of animal cruelty. The boy doesn't live in the neighborhood, she said.

The dog, which looks like a small Doberman, couldn't be saved and had to be euthanized.
Source: - Apr 18, 2011
Update posted on Apr 18, 2011 - 7:44PM 
A 13-year-old boy was arrested Saturday in connection with an animal cruelty incident involving a small dog that was set on fire, a Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman said.

Anne E. Schwartz said no other details in the investigation would be available until Monday.

A week ago, Milwaukee police were dispatched to the 2100 block of N. 38th St., where a 1½- to 2-year-old miniature pinscher was found in an alley with severe burns. Witnesses saw two teen boys hitting the dog with a stick earlier.

The dog had to be euthanized, and the Humane Society of the United States had offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for harming the animal.
Source: - Apr 16, 2011
Update posted on Apr 17, 2011 - 7:12AM 


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