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Badly burned animal found in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaiian Humane Society and Honolulu Police officers were called to a disturbing scene on Thursday afternoon. 

A badly burned animal was found at the intersection of Ala Loke Street in Salt Lake around 5:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Humane Society's lead investigator officer Vernon Ling said he's never seen anything this bad.

"You know what, to be honest, I've never seen a situation like this...this bad yet," Ling said.

The animal was badly disfigured by the burns, so it is unclear if it's a cat or a small dog. It is also unknown whether the animal was alive when it was set on fire.

Investigators believe someone dumped the animal in the middle of the roadway.

"Dumping an animal here is one thing, burning and torturing an animal like this is not only heinous and cowardly but this often times can lead into bigger crimes," Ling said. "A person who can actually do this to an animal just think about what they could do to a person."

A veterinarian will perform a necropsy to determine what kind of animal it is and the exact cause of death.

Investigators are searching for a suspect and will be reviewing surveillance video from a nearby condo and will also speak with other neighbors.

The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

If you have any tips or information, call their animal Cruelty Hotline at (808)-356-2250.

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