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November 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Group offers up to $5,000 reward for information on abused dog

The emaciated dog was found in South Seattle. (Seattle Animal Shelter)

The emaciated dog was found in South Seattle. (Seattle Animal Shelter photo)

A severely emaciated dog was found  in south Seattle last week and 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 whoever is responsible, according to a release from the city of Seattle.

The light-brown brindle male was found in the 1100 block of 14th Avenue South by a construction worker, in a section of a new apartment complex that had not been worked on for “a couple of weeks.” The dog was found starving and had been left outside with night temperatures dropping below freezing.

“Leaving any animal without food, water or shelter is an egregious act of animal cruelty and it is a crime,” said Ann Graves, manager of field services at Seattle Animal Shelter.

Nicknamed Decker by shelter staff, the young adult dog is responding to care, Graves said.

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If you have any information, call Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-4288 and reference case No. 14-23782. (Seattle Animal Shelter photo)

“He’s doing well and he’s gaining weight,”  she said. “He’s very sweet.”

When asked if Decker would eventually be offered for adoption, Graves said it depends on what happens with the investigation. One of the possibilities is that he could have been stolen, and the proper owner might claim him.

If you recognize the dog or have any information, call Graves at 206-386-4288 and reference case No. 14-23782.

First-degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

The Seattle Animal Shelter enforces both SMC 9.25.081 and RCW 16.52.205, which make it illegal to abuse or neglect an animal. If you feel an animal is being neglected or abused, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387.

 

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