Dog set on fire and left to die near Mansfield

MANSFIELD, OH (WCMH) – The Richland County Dog Warden wants to know who doused a dog in lighter fluid, set her on fire and left her to die.

The dog warden said the dog was picked up as a stray in the Mansfield/Shelby area. She had second degree burns on a portion of her body, an eye injury and lost the tip of one ear.

A rescue organization that works with the shelter was able to get the dog medical help.

The dog was named Hayden by rescue workers, which means ‘little fire’ in Gaelic.

Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan said about half a dozen tips have come in to his office, but no one has been charged yet with hurting the dog.

Hayden is being cared for at the Northridge Animal Clinic in Dayton.

Dr. Kyle Hapner, Hayden’s veterinarian, said she will likely grow her hair back in the burned areas.

“She’s got what I call second- to third-degree burns on her abdomen, her ears, her face, her neck from what looks like some sort of lighter starter or fire starter and then being lit on fire,” explained Hapner.

“I hate to say but it’s our society today,” he continued. “So many people do things to animals or young children they can’t help defend themselves as a show of power or they think it’s funny. ”

At the end of the week the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a Dayton animal rescue group, will place Hayden in a foster home and will eventually work to get her permanently adopted.

Anyone with information regarding what happened to Hayden should call the Richland County Dog Warden at 419-774-5892.

The dog warden’s office is offering a reward for information leading to the person who hurt Hayden. They ask that anyone with information call 419-774-5892 with information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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