The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taping a pitbull puppy’s mouth shut, resulting in severe injuries and dehydration.

The Case: On the morning of Oct. 2, Animal Control Officer, Sue Milligan, responded to a call about an injured dog spotted in the Viking Village condominium complex near Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry. The 6-month old puppy, named Blue, was brought to the Bethel Animal Hospital where the staff determined his mouth was taped tightly shut. Blue was badly wounded and had surgery to remove significant amounts of dead tissue and suture one side of his mouth. Authorities believe Blue was likely abandoned.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

Katie Hansberry, Maine state director for the HSUS said: “Binding a puppy’s mouth shut and abandoning him with severe injuries is heartbreakingly cruel. Despite the appalling way in which he was treated, Blue is and incredibly loving pup and we hope our reward will help find the person or persons who committed this heinous crime.”

Mulligan said: “I’ve never seen anything like this, the injuries to Blue’s face are horrific. Someone out there knows what happened, is suffering with the knowledge of what was done to this very friendly puppy, and we hope they will come forward.”

Milligan and Oxford County Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Tom Harriman, are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 207-357-6796 or 207-743-9554.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The National Sheriffs’ Association and the HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.

The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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