Police Investigating Incident in Which Puppy Was Found On Fire

October 31, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 10:52 AM CDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A puppy running around while on fire was found Monday evening in a Buffalo neighborhood, according to a report from Granite Broadcasting sister station WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y.

According to the WKBW report:

Remarkably, that puppy is still alive -- and now police are investigating this case of animal cruelty.

At just 16-weeks old, the little Jack Russel Terrier does not even have a name. However, the images show a heartbreaking life.

Burned from head-to-toe, a neighbor saw him on fire on the 200 block of Herman Street in Buffalo. Another neighbor then smoldered the flames from the dog.

Police found the little Jack Russel Terrier in a backyard, where neighbors say there's a whole litter of puppies.

The puppy is now recovering at the Buffalo Small Animal Hospital.

Veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Wagner says "We had to treat him with shock, fluids and certain medications to help get his blood pressure up."

The Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Fire Department and Buffalo Animal Control are investigating.

There is a chance the puppy had been doused in lighter fluid.

Mike DeGeorge, with the City of Buffalo, explains "When the puppy was brought here, there was the smell. Other than that I would just say it remains under investigation."

His fur coat is charred, ears crinkled back and eyes swollen shut. Wagner explains "His eyes are completely swollen today and it's going to be worse in the next five days or so."

The next five to seven days will determine the little puppy's fate.

Veterinarians do not know yet if he will make it -- but they have hope.

"He was completely white and ghostlike when he came here," Wagner says. "Now he's a little more pinkish."

It will be expensive for the Buffalo Animal Shelter to care for the burned puppy. No one knows his name or who he belongs to. He did not have any tags or identification.

If the puppy recovers, the shelter will put him up for adoption.