Editor’s note: thanks to a generous donation from Jim and Mary Schwebel, the reward for information leading to the arrest in this case has been raised to $10,000.

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 dog in a wooded area near 4th and Clarence in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Case: According to the Saint Paul City Department of Safety and Inspections, on July 30, Saint Paul Animal Control received a call from a concerned citizen who reported finding a dog in a wooded area with a wire wrapped around his throat. The animal control officer found the dog tied to a tree by his back leg. The dog’s mouth was zip-tied shut so he could not chew through the rope holding him in place or bark for help. The dog was underweight, covered in maggots and both the rope and zip tie were embedded down to the bone. Saint Paul Animal Control believes he may have survived for up to two weeks at this location.

Animal Cruelty: Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community. 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.

“The level of cruelty this dog endured is difficult to put into words,” said Christine Coughlin, the Minnesota state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous act.”

City of Saint Paul Animal Control Officers are investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Saint Paul Animal Control Facility at 651- 266-1100 or email molly.lunaris@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

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

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