DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) - The images of the dog are hard to look at, so imagine how hard it's been for the pup.
Phoenix is recovering after being found burned and abused Thursday night in Dearborn. She was brought into The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit by police after someone found her badly hurt.
"At first it looked like wounds, maybe inflicted by another dog, but once we shaved the dog we saw how severe it was and how painful it was for the dog," says Elaine Greene, Executive Director of FAMD.
She says the burns look intentional. There's an X on her back and burns marks on her head and several other spots of her body.
"In spite of the treatment of this dog apparently has gotten, she is so sweet and trusting. She will come up to strangers after a moment and lick their hand," Greene adds. She says Phoenix is well-mannered, well-behaved and comfortable in her crate. She'll be ready for her forever home in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, FAMD is offering a $2,000 reward for information about what happened to her.
"I can't even fathom who could do something like this," she says. The reward was initially $1,000 but Greene says a board member was so horrified by the story that she offered up another thousand dollars.
They're calling the dog Phoenix because they want to see her rise again.
If you have information about what happened to Phoenix, you can contact the shelter at 313-943-2607.
If you'd like to make a donation to help pay for the dog's recovery, visit www.metrodetroitanimals.org.