$5,000 reward offered for information about abandoned dog

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 the person or persons responsible for the abandonment of a dog found in a severe state of emaciation in south Seattle last week.

On Friday, Nov. 14, the dog pictured 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 nighttime temperatures 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.

If you recognize the dog or know who is responsible for leaving this dog at the construction site, please call Graves at 206-386-4288 and reference case number 14-23782. Any information about this dog is vital to solving this case.

“The level of neglect and suffering that this dog has endured is heartbreaking,” said Dan Paul, Washington state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful that this dog is now safe in the good hands of the Seattle Animal Shelter staff, and hopeful that this reward brings forward anyone with information about this heinous act of cruelty.”

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 that an animal is being neglected or abused, please contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387.

The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence, while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000, thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. Information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories are available on the HSUS website.