The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : $1000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Arrest/Prosecution of Person(s) Responsible for the Chemical Burns and Abandonment of 8-Week-Old Puppy

Monday, April 6, 2015

$1000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Arrest/Prosecution of Person(s) Responsible for the Chemical Burns and Abandonment of 8-Week-Old Puppy

Pittsburg, California  - The Well-Pet Vet Clinic in Pittsburg was packed with patients on Friday afternoon. 

One of them had the name, Fireman. The little gray, tan, and white puppy was curled up in a wicker basket, he was sedated. "The dog is in an extreme amount of pain," said clinic nurse Beth Allen-Garland. "Someone did something really awful, it's either a severe chemical burn or somebody tried to light his ears on fire."

Fireman was found on Wednesday in the play area at Antioch Animal Services. The area is surrounded by a six foot tall fence and volunteers say they don't know who may have dropped him off, or how they were able to.

Kristy Keusch, one of the volunteers, decided to foster Fireman. Keusch says she can't figure out what caused the dog's injuries. "If he were to fall or stand in a chemical it would affect his paws, but his paws are not affected. I feel someone tortured him." 

Keusch has teamed up with Umbrella of Hope, an organization that says it saved more than 500 cats and dogs from Contra Costa County shelters last year, to help in Fireman's recovery.

The Chihuahua mix will have to have his ears amputated due to the extent of his injuries. Beth Allen-Garland says Fireman should be able to live out a great life despite his injuries. 

She also says a thousand dollar reward is being offered by Fido Alert for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. "You kind of wonder about the people walking among us willing to harm an animal, let alone a baby animal."

Fireman is hoping someday to find a loving full-time home. Umbrella of Hope says he could be up for adoption in four to six weeks.

Adoption Information

Message from Umbrella of Hope: 

'We have had over 100 inquiries about him as of 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd, 2015. Due to the sheer volume on inquiries we have received already, we will be unable to respond to inquires asking questions on adoption inquiries until he is made available for adoption. We will post updates on Fireman (just like all of our animals) on our Facebook page at  - please like our page and follow us to ensure that you receive updates.'

Donation Information

Umbrella of Hope says monetary donations can be made to their Paypal at Their tax ID number (tax-exempt) is 45-4103375.

Fido Alert - East Contra Costa County (Facebook post)

** $1000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest/prosecution of person or persons responsible for the chemical burns & abandonment of 8 week old puppy outside of Antioch Animal Services between March 30th & March 31st **

This is Fireman, he is barely 2lbs of Chihuahua mix. He was found outside of Antioch Animal Services on Tuesday whining & wincing in pain. His body hurts when he moves. His nose hurts when he presses it to anything. His ears are flaking apart. He longs to be picked up, but it hurts. Someone brought him to the shelter whilst it was closed. Someone found him or someone didn't want him, but surely someone will recognize him or know of his litter mates. He was immediately pulled by a rescue & will be treated for his injuries, for his pain, his ears will have to be amputated, he will need a lot of emotional support too as he fears being touched in light of his pain, but we are confident he will pull through as he already has won over many hearts in a matter of days who are all hoping for justice for this little guy. Please share Fireman, someone knows something or someone, whether this was an act of cruelty, neglect or an accident, this little guy should not have been left alone in the middle of the night even if it was within feet of the shelter. 

Our thanks to the staff & volunteers at Antioch Animal Services & to the care provided by Umbrella of Hope that will see Fireman healthy, healed & eventually in a home that will love him.

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