In an effort to capture one or several individuals who police believe put a small dog in a bag before setting it on fire in Northeast Baltimore, two animal rights groups are offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the investigation.A week after the body of the small terrier mix was discovered, The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are both offering rewards of up to $5,000 for tips.

Baltimore police say firefighters found the dog just after midnight on July 27 on Hamlet Avenue near Chesley Avenue. When officers arrived, they spoke with firefighters, who told them they found a bag in flames.

Authorities pronounced the dog dead at the scene.

Animal right groups and activists, among many others, have expressed horror at the crime. “When I hear stories like this, it’s really horrifying,” said Bailey deacon, spokesperson for Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. “Especially this one. It’s really sick.”

The suspect is still on the loose, and animal advocates say the entire community should care enough to help find the dog’s killer.

“When you have something like this happen to an animal, there’s a direct link between abuse to animals and abuse to humans,” Deacon said. “We’re hoping that we’ll get some information.”

Police have asked that anyone with information on the case call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.