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 abandoning a severely emaciated puppy in Washington, D.C. The dog is now in the care of Humane Rescue Alliance. The HSUS commitment brings the total reward offered to $10,000.

The Case: According to information provided by HRA humane law enforcement officers, a man abandoned the approximately 9-month old male puppy around midnight on Wednesday, July 10 across the street from One Eight Distilling on Okie Street Northeast. Surveillance footage shows the man driving a four-door, dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, missing its hood.

Staff members at HRA have named the puppy Shepherd, and he is currently in rehabilitative foster care through HRA. He arrived severely emaciated and suffering from mange and a secondary skin condition, but Shepherd is doing well in his recovery.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that someone would so mistreat and abandon a puppy,” said Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope this reward offering will encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

 Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

The Investigators: Residents who may have any information on the cases and the individual responsible are encouraged to call Humane Rescue Alliance at 202-723-5730, option 1.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member.

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