Odessa Family's Dog Doused in Chemicals, Set on Fire

Odessa Family's Dog Doused in Chemicals, Set on Fire

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Tammy Cryer's dog, Hershey, is fighting for his life after being doused with flammable chemicals and set on fire.

The black Border Collie underwent two surgeries at Angel Veterinary Clinic, and may need to be put down in the coming days.

"We have no idea who did this to him," said Cryer, who took Hershey five years ago.

"We came home from dinner and my son found him curled up on the front porch [after he had let himself out of the backyard enclosure], drenched in some kind of chemical. We thought it was transmission fluid. We thought he was hit by a car."

Veterinarians said the dog sustained third degree burns on large portion of its body, and would need extensive surgery to remove dead flesh and treat surrounding skin.

They could not identify what type of flammable chemical Hershey was doused with.

Cryer's father, Bill Loyd, has lived in their home on E 16th Street since 1995 and "never knew of anything like this happening in the area."

"They're sick to do that to an animal that can't take care of itself," said Loyd. "None of the neighbors [we spoke with] saw anything happen or know who's behind this."

They have yet to file a police report.

Animal cruelty is a felony in Texas, punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Anybody with information about the person or people responsible for Hershey's burns can contact Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.