Police Locate Truck Driver as Dog Burning Investigation Continues

West Haven police spoke with the driver of a pickup in connection to an incident where a dog was set on fire and killed at a parking lot on Friday.

Police released a photo of the pickup on Tuesday in the hope that the operator would have some information about their investigation.

They said the driver had no inolvement in the crime and cooperated with officers.

Firefighters and police responded to Beach Street near Second Avenue and Third Avenue on Friday around 10 a.m. for the report of a fire in the Sandy Point Beach parking lot.

When they arrived, they put out the fire and found a small dog, possibly a miniature schnauzer, dead at the scene, according to police.

Investigators said it appears the dog was set on fire and abandoned in the parking lot. They said they believe an accelerant was used as well.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the fire or witnesses suspicious activity in the parking lot between 10 p.m. on July 4 and 10 a.m. on July 5 to call them at (203) 937-3900.

Also, they want anyone who may be missing a small dog in the area to give them a call.

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