In an extremely brazen case of animal abuse, police were called to an intersection near Rochester, Indiana where a passerby reported a deer on fire.

As officers arrived on the scene, the deer was still alive and smoldering, causing officers with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to immediately put the deer down.

Investigators are under the belief that the deer was struck by a vehicle believed to be a blue or black 1992-2002 Camero, Trans-Am, Firebird or similar, based on the parts found scattered at the scene.

There was also evidence of an accelerant being poured on the animal before it was ignited.

Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Crime Stoppers at (574) 223-7867 or Indiana Conservation Officers Turn in a Poacher Line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

 

H/T:  CBS4 Indy
Feature Image:  Indiana DNR Law Enforcement