PETA is offering a $10,000 reward
for leads on who is responsible for leaving a 6- or 7-year-old dog outside the Oakland Animal Shelter in near-death condition, the nonprofit announced Monday.
The animal, discovered the morning of May 30, was reportedly emaciated and "had a chain and cord wrapped around her neck and legs so tightly that they were embedded in her skin, resulting in severely infected and maggot-infested wounds," the group said in a press release.
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The dog, named Marlo by the staff, had bones protruding through her skin, and her organs were reportedly shutting down.
"This dog was rotting to death," Oakland Animal Services Director David Cronin said during an interview.
Marlo had to be euthanized, and a necropsy revealed that she had been attempting to keep herself alive by eating sticks and dirt.
Police recovered surveillance video of the area, but the footage did not reveal who abandoned the dog. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
As a result, PETA is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this crime.
"Judging by the deteriorated state of this dog's injuries and internal condition, she must have been suffering from neglect for months," PETA Director Martin Mersereau said in a statement. "We join Oakland Animal Services in calling on neighbors and passersby who surely saw Marlo at some point recently to come forward with any information that might help the police nab the criminal responsible."
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