NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A five-month-old boxer puppy in St. Louis is fighting severe pain and under the care of the Humane Society because of burns on the left side of his body.
Now investigators with the Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Task Force are trying to determine if the burns, which appear to be a result of acid, were a horrible crime or an accident.
"From the paw up to the shoulder, from the ear... all the way back down the left side, down to about his mid-chest area," described Mike Perkins, Humane Society`s director of its Animal Cruelty Task Force.
St. Louis alderman Jeffrey Boyd and his wife spotted the dog Tuesday and called for help. Based on the injuries, veterinarians believe the dog, which they named Sonny after famed boxer Sonny Liston, was burned on Friday.
‘It looked hungry, just unkempt and not cared for,’ described Boyd. ‘It was a shame.’
The dog was also spotted on Saturday but by the time investigators arrived it was nowhere to be found.
One possibility is that acid was thrown on the dog or it could have been involved in a fire.
Either way the Humane Society wants to know what happened. The burns left an especially disturbing sight on Sonny`s left side.
‘I could see it every day and it still bothers me,’ said Perkins. ‘If they can do this to an animal they can do it to a person. It's got to be painful.’
Both Perkins and Boyd encourage anyone witnessing animal abuse to call the police.
"If you see anything going on in our neighborhood, report it," Boyd said.
Sonny is on medication for the pain, but the Humane Society is worried that Sonny could develop an infection. Anyone with information in this case can contact the Humane Society`s Animal Cruelty Task Force at (314) 647-4400.