(WLTX) -- Officials from the Richland County Sheriff's Department say they are offering a hefty cash reward after a puppy was found severely burned in a church parking lot.

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Sergeant Brittany Jackamonis from the Richland County Sheriff's Department says they are offering $2,000 to anyone who shares information about the incident that happened Saturday night, that leads to an arrest of the person responsible.

"We are making the reward a little bit more than we do for our regular Crime Stoppers because this is animal cruelty," Scott says. "We live in a state where we love our animals almost like our family."

Deputies say they are looking for a black male in his 20's who ran the opposite direction of Grace United Methodist Church on Harbison Boulevard.

Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by dialing 1-888-CRIME-SC.