Reward offered for info leading to dog abuser

12-week old puppy found in Acton with burns over 40 percent of body

The adorable face of Ramona, a 12-week-old puppy that was found severely burned and with a broken elbow and bite marks last month in Acton. Photo courtesy MSPCA-Angell

The 12-week-old puppy was found along a trail in Acton, chemical burns covering 40 percent of her body. Her elbow was broken, and she had bite marks on her back.

As she was being treated for painful wounds that may never fully heal, the puppy was named Ramona.

Acton police and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people left Ramona suffering in Acton last month.

Police Chief Rich Burrows said it appears the puppy’s injuries weren’t accidental.

“At this point, we suspect (the injuries) were intentional and we are looking to identify the owner to find out exactly what happened to this poor, defenseless animal,” Burrows said.

Just some of the chemical burns found on a 12-week-old puppy that was named Ramona after she was taken to the MSCPA-Angell facility for treatment.

On Nov. 15, a good Samaritan found the puppy along a trail in Acton.

“The puppy was wagging her tail but was unable to walk, and her small body was covered in open wounds,” a press release from MSPCA-Angell and Acton police states.

The good Samaritan notified Acton police and took the puppy to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. The puppy was given pain medication and IV fluids before she was transferred to the MSPCA’s adoption center clinic for continuing care, according to a press release.

The MSPCA says Ramona suffered what appear to be chemical burns over 40 percent of her body. The wounds are so bad they require weekly removal of dead tissue to improve the odds that her skin can heal.

“Not only is she dealing with these horrendous skin wounds, but she also has a broken left front elbow, which started to heal improperly, so we may need to amputate that leg,” said Dr. Rebecca Fellman, the MSPCA’s shelter veterinarian.

The puppy also appears to have bite wounds on her back, according to the MSCPA.

In addition to offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of whomever hurt Ramona, the MSPCA is also raising money for the puppy’s continued care, since the surgeries and after-care she requires are expected to cost more than $4,000. To contribute to Ramona’s treatment, visit

Anyone with information on who harmed Ramona is asked to call Acton Police at 978-929-7711, or the MSPCA Law Enforcement Department at 800-628-5808.