The acid burning of several dogs in California has prompted Los Angeles County officials to approve a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the culprits.
A golden retriever was found with third-degree burns in early August, one of a series of dogs who have been injured with acid in the Los Angeles area in recent days.
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department began an investigation of possible animal cruelty after the golden retriever was found in Lancaster, California. No information about a suspect was known.
Veterinarians said they believe someone poured either gasoline or lighter fluid on the dog's back and set him on fire, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Since then, he has been recovering in an animal hospital as a local rescue group prepares to find him a home.
The dog was named Fergus by the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue as a nod to his powerful spirit. The group arranged medical care for the roughly 2-year-old dog, and more than 600 people donated to his cause.
"Of course like all Goldens he is still loving and forgiving and just wanted to be held," the group wrote on his GoFundMe page.