Niagara Gazette

May 4, 2013

Reward posted in dog cruelty case

By Rick Pfeiffer rick.pfeiffer@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Animal cruelty investigators with the SPCA of Niagara are upping the ante for information on who left a battered and bruised puppy under a garbage can in a 30th Street alley.

The New York State Humane Association has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruelty inflicted on the 8-week-old female pit bull who was found on April 24 by garbage men picking up trash.

“We’re hoping somebody will come forward and help us with this,” cruelty investigator Dave Bower said. 

The battered puppy, who was named Gladys by volunteers at the SPCA shelter, had a broken jaw when she was found near a garbage pick-up site in the 600 block of 30th Street. Police, who were called to the scene, said the dog also had bite wounds on its head.

Investigators traced the puppy to a home on 35th Street. A woman told investigators that she was the owner of the puppy and that the dog’s name was Brianna. The woman also claimed that her boyfriend had sold the puppy to an unidentified individual on April 22.

The Gazette has also learned that investigators are also looking into other injuries the puppy may have suffered before April 22.

 Anyone with information about the animal abuse is urged to contact the SPCA of Niagara at 731-4368. 

The New York State Humane Association routinely conducts animal cruelty investigation workshops for police and humane investigators across the state.The organization has also previously offered rewards for information to assist police investigations in animal cruelty investigations.