A reward of $5,000 has been offered by the Humane Society of the United States for information information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for starving three dogs in the Seattle, Washington, area.
According to a release, the dogs were discovered just outside the Pritchard Beach Park and in the South Seattle or Kent area. The first dog, just a pup at eight to ten months of age, was found on July 26. Based on the pit bull mix’s appearance, officials at the Seattle Animal Shelter believe that the pup had been confined to a small crate, or other “confined area,” where it was unable to move.
The other two dogs, also pit bull “type” dogs, were found on August 14 – the young dogs (1 to 2 years of age) were malnourished and dehydrated. Officials believe that the dogs may be littermates.
Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter director, stated:
“When found the first dog weighed only 18 pounds. After two and a half weeks, the dog gained 8 pounds — simply from being fed. We believe it had been confined, meaning someone did this to the dog. This is inhumane and illegal, and we hope someone in the community who knows something will come forward.”
Dan Paul, Washington senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, added:
“Allowing an animal to starve is unconscionable and a clear violation of our state’s animal cruelty statutes. We are grateful the Seattle Animal Shelter is able to provide care for these animals while they investigate this crime. We are hopeful this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous act of cruelty.”
The Seattle Animal Shelter is asking anyone who may have information about any of these dogs to call Brandi Homeier, field services supervisor, at 206-386-1985, or the main shelter information line at 206-386-PETS (7387)
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