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Update on Deacon, the dumped puppy

More information has been released about the severely injured puppy found in a Baltimore alley Wednesday: It now appears she had been set on fire.

Officials at the Noah's Arks Rescue in South Carolina, where the 6-month-old pup was transported, say Petunia (formerly called Deacon) has an extreme case of demodex, or mites. And she has wounds consistent with being severely burned. She is in critical care and will remain in that condition for some time, but is being heavily medicated so her wounds don't hurt. 

She was originally taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) by a good Samaritan, who said the dog was so injured she couldn't walk. Police think she was dumped in the alley sometime Wednesday and are asking for anyone with information to call 410-396-4689.

She was found in a Deacon Hill Court alley in Cherry Hill and is a mixed breed.

BARCS has started a reward fund for information on how Petunia wound up in the alley in such horrible condition. The money will be held for one year; if no leads or convictions are found by then, the money will be transferred to the BARCS Franky Fund to help other injured and ill animals. To donate, visit and enter "Petunia" in the tribute name box.

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