Was a puppy burned alive?

December 8, 2009 3:42:39 PM PST
It appears to be a horrific case of animal abuse. A puppy was set on fire in a park in Connecticut, and when police made the gruesome discovery in Stratford they also found three other dogs who may have been in danger.

Zeus is a two year old pit bull. Gotti is also two years old. Ginger, a mixed breed, is still a puppy at just five months.

All three have been confiscated from their owner after an unsettling incident that happened over the weekend.

Stratford police have arrested a 21-year old man they say set fire to a suitcase with another puppy inside, but Donovan Brooks told police the animal wasn't alive.

Investigators say Brooks of Bridgeport told them he was familiar with the park because he often walked his dogs there.

Animal control officers took custody of his other three dogs after seeing signs of neglect.

No comment today from the suspect who faces a number of misdemeanor charges including reckless burning and criminal mischief.

Officials hope to have the animals adopted by the holidays. They say because the dogs are so friendly, they don't believe Brooks was breeding them to fight.

A necropsy is being performed on the puppy's remains as investigators try to determine if it was alive at the time of the fire. If so, Brooks will be charged with a felony.

--- For anyone interested in adopting the dogs they can contact Stratford Animal Control.


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