Someone called the Michigan Humane Society from the southwest side of Detroit Tuesday, saying they saw a dog in the area and could tell it was severely wounded.
They might not have realized just how bad the wounds are. The brown and tan rottweiler, which the shelter has named Baron, had his nose and ears cut completely off and his tail and back legs were cut.
“It appears that someone purposely maimed this poor dog, which has caused it a great deal of suffering,” Mark Ramos, one of the Michigan Humane Society’s lead cruelty investigators, said in a press release. “This kind of cruelty is unacceptable. We need to be a voice for these animals and as a community we need to speak through our strong actions to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department at 313-872-3401.
If the offender is convicted, abuse of an animal is a misdemeanor if it is their first animal cruelty offense. Under Michigan law , they could be forced to pay the costs of prosecution, imprisoned for up to 93 days, fined up to $1,000 and ordered to perform a maximum of 200 service hours.
Andy Bissonette, marketing director at the Michigan Humane Society, said he can’t speak to the condition of Baron as of Thursday morning, and the shelter is unsure of what the adoption process will look like for him.
“We get thousands of animals every year, and this is a pretty unique case,” Bissonette said.
He added the Humane Society has gotten a lot of support and attention for Baron on social media and they would have more updates on the dog later in the day.
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