Burned puppies abandoned at SE Houston pet day care

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Two abused puppies were left to die at a Houston dog day care business. Courtney Fischer reports. (KTRK)

Two helpless, abused puppies were left to die at a business in southeast Houston. Now authorities want your help finding the man responsible for abandoning the animals.

Authorities say the puppies were abandoned on December 23, around 12:45pm, at Pet Paradise in the 7500 block of Monroe.

Crime Stoppers says a Hispanic male was seen abandoning the tan mixed-breed puppies. Both of the animals had cuts and were badly burned.

One of the puppies died. A necropsy on the abused puppy showed that the abuse happened within 48 hours of being dropped off at the pet daycare, authorities say.

Clariza Landaverde, of Pet Paradise manager, told Eyewitness News, "It was actually gasoline and they were set on fire afterwards. I guess once they saw that they didn't kill them they decided to dump them somewhere."

Landaverde and her partner, Sarah Thorner, adopted the puppy that survived, nursed her back to health. They called the puppy Noel. However, as a result of the abuse, she is now blind.

Thorner said, "I love her like she's my child so it's overwhelming to think about what she went through as a puppy."

Surveillance video captured that mysterious man leaving the puppies and police want to talk to him.

Lynn Conner, of Pet Paradise, said, "We are hoping that even if this gentleman was just a kind Samaritan who saw a horrible acts and found a place to deliver the puppies where he knew someone would take care of them that he would come forward. And give us some information."

Crime Stoppers is offering a $6,000 in this case. If you have any information, call 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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