ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A story of animal abuse went viral out of St. Charles Parish a few weeks ago, prompting PETA to offer a $5,000 reward for information in the case.
A St. Rose resident told the Metairie Humane Shelter that he found a 2-year-old shih tzu severely burned in his garden.
PETA published a news release that said the dog had been doused in chemicals intentionally.
The dog was rushed to Ark Animal Hospital for emergency treatment and is recovering, according to the report by PETA.
St. Charles Parish deputies said the animal abuse claims were unfounded, and that PETA has since removed the $5,000 reward offer.
The sheriff's office released the following statement regarding the situation with the burned animal: