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Saturday, Oct 14, 2006County: Passaic
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A disturbing case of animal cruelty was reported in New Jersey on Oct 18. A reward is now being offered to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who burned a dog named "Snow."
The white Bichon Frise mix was found on North 8th Street in Paterson.
"Whoever did this to the dog could very easily do this to a human," Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando said. "That's why the person has to be caught."
DeCando is handling this unsettling case.
The dog everyone is now calling "Snow" is believed to be three years old and is suffering from raw, third-degree burns on his lower back.
"It's probably some kind of acid or some kind of chemical," DeCando said. "The dog has to go for skin grafts, which is going to be in the thousands of dollars."
Snow was spotted wandering along Temple Street and North 8th in Paterson. No one in the neighborhood recognized the dog, but it was clear he wasn't a stray.
Snow is wearing a flea collar and, despite the burns, is very friendly.
So for now, folks from START2 of Bergen County will give Snow further treatment, but they say it could take up to four months for him to heal.
The culprit faces possible fines and jail time. The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
- Eyewitness News 7 - Oct 18, 2006
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