It is with great sadness in my heart that I have to pass along the news that Maximus, the poor dog that some sick and twisted individual chained to a tree and set on fire, died today as a result of his massive injuries!
Maximus, the pit bull mix who was tied to tree and seriously burned in Brentwood last week died from his injuries today, despite intensive efforts to save his life.
“He was a good dog up until the very endâ€¦giving licks and kisses,” said Dr. Reed Zaroff of the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, where Maximus was treated for second- and third-degree burns.
“He was an extremely determined and strong dog but unfortunately that was not enough for him,” Zaroff said.
A Brentwood resident found the 2-year-old, approximately 55-lb male on a right-of-way near Sycamore and Apple Streets on Thursday, said Chief of Department Roy Gross of the SPCA. The dog had been tethered to the tree and doused with gasoline before be was burned, officials said.
Maximus underwent three surgeries since his discovery to remove damaged tissue, Zaroff said. He had also been given blood transfusions, pain medications, and antibiotics to treat infections.
Although Maximus responded well, Zaroff said, blood clots formed which deprived Maximus of his blood supply. Maximus died early this morning after suffering several heart attacks brought on by organ failure, Zaroff said.
The award for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who killed Maximus was increased from $1,000 to $5,000 today, according to Roy Gross of the Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-SPCA. (Newsday)
Now it’s up to us to speak for him and to do what we can to bring the depraved person who tortured this poor dog to justice. Please get the word out!! Someone saw something! Someone knows something!!