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$25,000 Reward Now Offered For Case Of Dogs Attacked With Acid In California

Officials in Los Angeles County approved a $25,000 reward for information in the ongoing effort to find who is responsible for the burning at least seven dogs.

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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.

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The injured dogs were found around Lancaster, Palmdale, and Rosamond, California.

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.

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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.

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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.

A pitbull nicknamed Bella was also recovering from acid burns to her back after being found near the same area, KTLA reported.

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A local pit bull rescue was working to find Bella a home, and a member of the golden retriever rescue said they have offered to help pay for her medical care.

Two other dogs received by the shelter had acid burns so severe that they were euthanized, KTLA reported.

Since July 2014, at least 7 incidents of dogs being burned by caustic chemicals on their backs have been reported, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

#Dogs: It's happened again. Another stray found in #Lancaster burned by acid.

Though it remains unclear how or if the attacks are connected, rewards are being offered for any information leading to the arrest of a potential suspect.

I will ask the board to offer a $10K reward for info regarding the brutal chemical attacks on dogs in the Antelope Valley @LACoAnimalCare

PETA offered $2,500 after learning of Fergus' burns, and L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has asked the county to give another $10,000. On Sept. 2, the Los Angeles County approved a $25,000 reward for any information.

The sheriff's department said it was not known if the burns on the dogs were an intentional criminal act.

Anyone with information may contact the sheriff's department at 661-948-8466 or anonymously via lacrimestoppers.org.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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