An animal protection group is offering a reward for information about a dog that was found dead in Rowan County with its mouth duct taped shut. WKYT-TV reports the dog was found on Tuesday at a westbound onrampp of Interstate 64.
The young, white, female pit bull mix was found by Saving the Animals of Rowan County. A full necropsy is planned.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the animal's death.
Update January 22, 2011 8:34pm - The following article is by Jacqueline Sprague, WTVQ:
"This incident was heinous," says Shannon Gagliano with Saving The Animals Of Rowan County. The animal rescue group is upset and angry after it says a dog was left for dead near the Farmers Sharkey exit ramp on I-64 Northbound earlier this week.
"His mouth and muzzle had been taped shut with electrical tape," says Gagliano.
And she says animal abuse like this is nothing new to this state and something needs to be done, "For the third year in a row, Kentucky is ranked number one for animal cruelty cases and that's not a title that we want. Our three legislators here locally have stepped in and dug in for the fight and I think everybody in Kentucky needs to ask their representatives and senators what they're doing to help this."
Serita was rescued by STAR and the group is trying to prevent more animals like her from being abandoned and left for dead.
"For some people, circumstances change and they can't care for them. A lot of people don't know we can take them to the pound. A lot of it is, if we take them to the pound, they're going to be put down. But, that's not the case, we will find a home for them," comments Gagliano.
If you have any information on this most recent incident, call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. The humane society is offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to whoever is responsible for the dog's death.