THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information on the rape and murder of a dog in a county near Washington’s capital.
A mountain biker found the dog, described as a pit bull, hanging from a tree when he was cycling Monday on Department of Natural Resources property, according to KCPQ.
The dog dangled from the tree limb with his feet barely touching the ground. It died of asphyxiation, KCPQ reported. Further investigation showed there was evidence the dog had been “severely sexually assaulted” while it was restrained.
“To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening,” Humane Society’s Washington director Dan Paul said to KCPQ about the gruesome death.
“We are hopeful this reward will bring someone forward with information about this despicable crime.”
The FBI is also investigating the case and is offering double the the society’s award amount to anyone who has information.