The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for information to help find the person who tortured a female pit bull found in Quincy.
A day after authorities released information on the severely injured and tortured dog, calls came flowing into Quincy’s Police station with people looking to assist in the investigation financially.
“It’s just incredible,” said Lt. Jack Sullivan on Friday morning as his office phone rang again in the background.
Donations also came pouring in to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
A fund has since been set-up for the contributions, the first $5,000 of which will go to an award to help find the person responsible for injuring the dog, which was euthanized.
“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from people all over the U.S., looking to help us identify who inflicted such pain and suffering on Puppy Doe,” said Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League, in a release.
Any remaining money will go towards investigative work in this and other cases of animal suffering, including investigative time and travel, radiology costs, and tissue sample costs.
In other cases, the funding will help with medical treatment, shelter, and behavioral support for abused animals.
Already, the fund has received a little over $2,500 on behalf of the abused dog, which was found in Quincy on Aug. 31.
The dog had to be put down due to the extent of her injuries, which included multiple skull and face fractures, dislocated joints, blunt force trauma to the chest, a stab wound to the eye, burns on the nose, and multiple vertebrae fractures.
Evidence in a necropsy also showed that the dog had been starved. She weighted only 18 pounds, half of what a normal one- to two-year-old pit bull should weigh.
Investigators believe the dog had been serially abused to the point of being unable to walk.
Though the Animal Rescue League assists in thousands of animal cruelty and neglect cases across Massachusetts a year, Martha Smith-Blackmore, the vice president of Animal Welfare with the Rescue League, said this was the worst case she had ever seen.
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Anyone with information on the investigation should contact The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Services by phone at (617) 226-5610 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People may also contact Quincy Police Department Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich at (617) 745-5774.