Dog recovering after being found nearly starved to death, stuffed in suitcase in the Bronx

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THE BRONX (PIX11) — A dog found near death and stuffed in a suitcase in the South Bronx last month is slowly recovering, and the ASPCA is offering a lofty reward for information leading to an arrest.

The male pit bull, named Fraggle, was found behind a housing project by NYPD officers. Fraggle was extremely malnourished, and had other health issues that arose from his compromised health, ASPCA officials say.

Fraggle is slowly recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where he can now eat on his own and walk small distances without help. “Fraggle would likely not have survived much longer in the suitcase given his fragile state,” said Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group. “This was a deliberate and callous act of cruelty that deserves justice. We encourage anyone with information to please contact the NYPD immediately.”

The ASPCA is offering a $20,000 award for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, in addition to the $2,000 being offered by NYPD Crime Stoppers.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or going online to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers’ website.

New Yorkers are encouraged to report animal abuse and neglect by calling 311 or 911.