Dog set on fire in MS has long road ahead; reward offered for capture of person responsible

MISSISSIPPI — A dog was found badly burned in what deputies said is an act of animal cruelty. The Tate County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to find who is responsible.

A picture showed Buddy during happier times.

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Others showed the dog, believed to be one or two years old, now charred and burned.

Buddy’s face, ears and nose are now covered in burned skin. He can’t currently see because his eyes are swollen shut, said Dr. Lisa Godfrey, a veterinarian at Stateline Animal Clinic who has been treating Buddy since Friday.

Buddy was brought to the Tunica Humane Society Friday, found near Peavine Road in Senatobia. His owner had let him roam the neighborhood when someone set him on fire, said a source at the Tate County Sheriff’s Department.

Godfrey said it is too early to tell if they will be able to save his eyes.

“It’s hard to tell how deep the burns are because they could be different depths at different areas,” she said.

It’s believed Buddy was held down by an extension cord while he was burned, according to Sandy Williams, the director of the Tunica Humane Society.

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“It’s unfathomable that someone could be that evil,” she said. “Buddy was an extremely friendly, non-threatening dog. He followed the children in the area everywhere.”

Williams said Buddy’s owners had surrendered him to her organization for him to receive treatment.

“With all we do to educate people, all we do to give these dogs a chance, there are still people out there who are this evil,” Williams said.

Buddy’s head is wrapped in bandages to help the charring. Exactly how his future will look is still uncertain; clearer is the resolve to help him make it.

“We’re going to save this dog. And we’re going to find out who did this,” Williams said.

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the person(s) responsible.

Buddy takes medication for the pain, but his tail wags and he has what’s described as a “good” appetite.

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