A reward was being raised by the Pennsylvania SPCA to find a group of men who participated in the beating and burning of a mixed boxer in a West Philadelphia neighborhood.
Police were called around 4:15 p.m. Thursday to the 100 block of North Hirst Street by neighbors who said they had seen the men attack the female dog. The animal also suffered third-degree burns over its face and left hind leg. The dog was taken to the SPCA shelter in North Philadelphia, where - because of the seemingly senseless nature of the crime - she was given the name Y-Me?
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer, picked up the tab for the dog's medical and rehabilitation expenses, SPCA official Lisa Rodgers said yesterday.