The Troy Messenger reports that veterinarians suspect Jim Berdeaux’ pet Bella was deliberately burned:
“We all loved her,” Berdeaux said. “It just breaks my heart to think that she might have been lying there burned liked that for four, six or eight hours. Bella was one of those dogs that went running, wagging her tail when somebody spoke to her. Why anybody would want to set a sweet dog like Bella on fire – barbecue her – defies humanity.”
In an effort to find out what happened to Bella, if she were intentionally set on fire or something else tragic happened to her, the Berdeaux family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the alleged act.
The Humane Society of Pike County has committed another $500 toward the reward.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 566-4347.