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Monday, Dec 2, 2002County: Maricopa
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
A 2-month old Chow-mix puppy with brown stripes named Furby was deliberately set on fire.
A ten year old girl found the puppy in flames near 31st Avenue and Campbell Avenue. She is credited with saving the puppy from a fiery death.
She gave the puppy to a rollerblader in a nearby park who took him to an emergency animal clinic.
Miriam Carranza, operations director for the Arizona chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said, "You could see the smoke coming off his body."
Furby had to have his tail amputated. Carranza said, "It was really, really severly burned and can't be saved. His hair actually saved him because it was able to isolate his body. The places that received the most serious burns were the places where he had the least hair."
The Arizona Chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a reward of up to $4,000 to find whoever set Furby on fire.
The ASPCA's 24-hour hotline is (602) 246-8280.
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- The Arizona Republic, Phoenix - Dec 5, 2002
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