Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Humane Society offers reward after pit bull found dead

From GoDanRiver.com

The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward for information after a pit bull was found dead Wednesday morning in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The body of a female pit bull was discovered at 11 a.m. by Danville Public Works employees, according to a news release from Paulette Dean, director of the Danville Area Humane Society.
Animal control and the Humane Society were called to investigate the discovery.
The dog, a dark-brown pit bull at least 1 year old, was tethered to a pole with a brown extension cord linked through a wide black collar with metal studs, Dean said in the release.
A necropsy of the pit bull showed the dog was badly bruised, had puncture wounds and was shot.
The veterinarian who performed the necropsy said the dog suffered greatly, according to Dean.
The incident is being investigated as cruelty. Dean said the charges can range from a Class 1 misdemeanor or a Class 6 felony.
The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Residents are asked to call the Humane Society at (434) 799-5306 with any information about this incident. Calls will be kept confidential.


Update July 22, 2010 11:11am - The following article is from Chatham Star-Tribune:

Humane society, PETA offers reward for information in dog's death

A $5,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the cruelty done to a pit bull that was found dead in a cemetery Wednesday morning.

Paulette Dean, director of the Danville Area Humane Society, said the dog, which she estimated to be at least one-year old, was found tethered to a pole with an extension cord in Oak Hill Cemetary by a Public Works employee.
The animal was taken to the State Veterinary Lab in Lynchburg where it was determined the dog's body was badly bruised, had puncture wounds and had been shot.

"There are many scenarios that could have taken place," Dean said. "The dog could have been forced to fight and then shot when she lost the fight; she could have been beaten by her owner after the fight.

"What we do know is that the veterinarian who performed the necropsy said the dog suffered greatly."

The humane society is offering $2,000 and PETA is adding $3,000 to the reward.


Anyone with information should call the humane society at 799-5306. Information will remain confidential.

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