MaximusWho killed Maximus? A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in chaining the pit bull to a tree and setting it on fire… ultimately leading to the poor dog’s death!

A reward has increased to $20,000 for information leading to whoever killed a pit bull, Maximus, by tying it to a tree and setting it on fire in Brentwood, the Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

The dog smelled of gasoline when found July 12 with second- and third- degree burns over 60 percent of its body, severe third-degree burns on the face and ears, and wounds to its upper palate including the loss of canine and incisor teeth, the SPCA said.

Maximus died Tuesday despite undergoing three surgeries to remove damaged tissue and other veterinary care including pain medication, sterile dressings and antibiotics to help fight infections.

The dog also had puncture wounds of his neck and veterinarians treating him detected an odor of gasoline on his hair, the animal welfare group said.

The 2-year-old, approximately 55 pound male dog was discovered on a right-of-way near Sycamore and Apple streets.

SPCA Chief Roy Gross said that there has been an overwhelming response of calls from people who are “disgusted” that a human would treat an animal this way.

“Seasoned SPCA officers and veterinarians were brought to tears when they visited Maximus and he tried to lick their hands, even though he was in grave condition,” Gross said in a statement.

The dog was in good condition and was well fed before it was set afire, and someone is now missing a pet, Gross said.

“Someone out there knows this dog or knows who is responsible for this heinous act and we want that person to come forward,” Gross said.

Anyone with information on whoever is responsible for the dog’s death is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-SPCA. All calls will be kept confidential. (Newsday)

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