Small dog set on fire, later dies at Connecticut beach

Connecticut police are on the hunt for the suspect — or suspects — involved in the death of a small dog that was lit on fire over the weekend, according to the New Haven Register

On Friday, law enforcement and firefighters responded to reports of an uncontained fire at a parking lot at Sandy Point Beach, Sgt. Charles Young said in a release.

"The fire was extinguished and the initial investigation found a small dog (possibly a 1-year-old 'mini schnauzer' with cropped ears and a cropped tail) was located at the source of the fire and was now deceased," he said. 

An initial investigation revealed that the dog may have been doused with an accelerant and then lit on fire.

"Who does that?" asked West Haven Fire Department Chief Jim O'Brien. "Anybody that does something like that to an animal, it's sick. I can't imagine who would want to do that to a defenseless animal."

Authorities are now searching for the person or people responsible for the incident.

"We're asking anybody who could possibly have seen anything or anyone in the neighborhood who might have a video camera" to come forward, Chief of Police Joseph Perno said. 

The owners of the "West Haven: Why Not?" Facebook page have also assisted in the effort by offering a $1,000 reward for information about the crime. 

News of the burned dog came just days after another dog was found caged and dead in Bethany, the Register reports. 

Authorities said that dog, a pit bull mix, was found in the middle of the woods on July 1. The canine had apparently been left in the cage for nearly two days without any food or water in hot temperatures. Police are searching for the culprit or culprits in that case as well. 

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