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PETA is stepping into the case of a dog that died in St. Louis last week after being burned.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $5,000 reward for helping to arrest the person responsible. CrimeStoppers was already offering a reward in cooperation with Stray Rescue St. Louis.

The 3-year-old terrier-shepherd mix was brought to Stray Rescue last week after a woman called 911 and told authorities her dog was set on fire while chained to the back gate of her home on the 2400 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue. She reported hearing cries during the night and found the dog severely burned the next morning. 

The dog, nicknamed Brownie, was brought to Veterinary Specialty Services but died Friday due to organ failure from the burns. 

A senior cruelty case worker for PETA, Kristin Simon, works specifically with brutal cases like Brownie's. 

"We offer rewards generally in any egregious unsolved case that's cruelty to animals," she said. "That's because animal abusers are often repeat offenders and because they often escalate to violence against humans."

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She also said that this case should serve as a warning to dog owners not to leave animals outside unattended and to avoid chaining dogs with no supervision. Chained dogs suffer more abuse, Simon said, because they can't run away. 

The reward is offered independently of St. Louis police. There is currently no suspect in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police animal abuse hotline at 314-771-6121 extension 232. 

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