In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, a $6,2oo reward has been offered by the Humane Society of the United States ($5,000) and Justice Rescue for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. Just days ago, a passerby discovered two severely injured and emaciated dogs in Penn Pines Park located at Hilldale and Providence Roads.
The abandoned dogs, which police believed were the victims of dog fighting, were covered in scars as well as fresh bite marks. According to Justice Rescue founder Russ Harper, he considered this one of the cruelest cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen. When discovered, one of the dogs could not stand – and only move her head; the other dog had fresh bite wounds on her neck.
“They were almost dead,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood stated. “And whoever dumped them threw them out, then threw dog food next to them. It was like adding insult to injury.”
Chitwood referred to the unknown abusers as “dirtballs.” The dogs dubbed Gracie and Layla have a heartwarming and tender bond. As Harper stayed with the dogs, and Gracie’s temperature finally rose, she cried out in pain.
“It was the most horrible sound you could ever hear,” Harper said. “And then the other dog came over and just put her head on her.”
As to the progress of the dogs’ health, the organization posted the following update on their Facebook page:
“Both are still critical but Layla is barking more and moving around. All she wants is love. Such a sweet girl. She has a long road to go. It’s sad how she expects to be abused until you show her love. Gracie is still very very critical. You can see the stress and pain in her eyes. Very sad.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Upper Darby police at 610.734.7693.
Photos of Gracie and Layla and reward of $6,200 via Facebook Justice Rescue)
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