A tiny pupped was burned alive after it was trapped inside a crate – leading to the arrest of its owner.
Firefighters responding to reports of a small fire in a public park in Columbus Ohio just before Noon on October 11 realised the source of the blaze was a small plastic dog crate.
Once they managed to put the fire out, the firefighters found that a puppy running around the park had apparently escaped from the burning crate.
But she had suffered burns on her face and paws, and rescuers realised she also had black melted plastic on her back and on the top of her head.
“We see a lot of bad things on a daily basis, but this really cut a lot of our people to the core,” said Mike DeFrancisco, from Columbus Fire Department, “this one hurts.”
The woebegone pup, who is named Korra, was taken to a veterinary specialist for treatment.
His colleague, Mark Knight, said it was “absolutely amazing” that Korra survived: “Even more amazing is her personality… how loving and drawn she is to humans,” he added.
An appeal for information about the incident revealed that Korra had been seen with local man Ra’shae Syrtaj Jermaine Johnson shortly before the horrible incident.
He was tracked down and later charged with “Provisions Concerning Companion Animals,” a 5th degree felony.
Meanwhile an appeal to find a new home for Korra led to a huge amount of donations to help pay for her medical treatment.
A Columbus Fire Department Facebook post updated well-wishers on her progress: “The Division of Fire would like to extend our gratitude and thank everyone who called with information relating to Korra’s case. We were overwhelmed by the community involvement and the generosity of those who offered money for medical bills and reward money.
“Because of your help, within 24 hours fire investigators were able to identify a suspect and bring him in for questioning. He eventually confessed to lighting fire to the plastic crate that Korra was locked in. He is currently in custody on felony charges.
“Korra continues to heal and is enjoying her new family. People who are calling from all over the country to donate money are being directed to donate to the Columbus Humane Society, or whatever local animal charity you prefer.”