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 the severe neglect of a dog in King County, Washington.

The Case: According to the Seattle Animal Shelter, on April 14, 2023, a fawn colored, intact male, pit bull-type dog was found near Pritchard Beach Park dragging a leash with no collar or microchip. The dog had a large amount of swelling on his neck and jaw, discharge from his eyes, numerous bite wounds, a fractured rear left leg and was limping on his right rear leg. He was immediately rushed to a veterinarian where he received emergency care and is currently still recovering from the wounds, pain and trauma.

“The callous abuse and neglect that this dog has suffered from is gut-wrenching. We are grateful that he was found and hope that he heals quickly and finds a loving home,” said Dan Paul, Washington state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We’re incredibly thankful the Seattle Animal Shelter is investigating this crime and hope the reward helps find the person or persons who committed this appalling act.”

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 Investigators: Seattle Animal Shelter is investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387.

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.

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