Reward doubled in the case of a puppy that died after being attacked by children

Published: Jun. 4, 2018 at 4:48 PM EDT
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A big increase in the reward being offered in a disturbing case of animal abuse. The Toledo Area Humane Society is now offering a $10,000 reward in connection with the death of a puppy. The pup died a little more than a week ago after it was attacked by a group of children.

After hearing about the puppy's death, a Toledo man came forward with a $5,000 donation. That donation doubled the reward money being offered in this case. Investigators say tips are coming in.

According to the humane society, after being kicked around by children in an alley off Dorr Street, the puppy had a broken back, broken ribs and internal injuries. She died just hours after being rescued by a Good Samaritan.

Stephen Heaven is the Executive Director of the shelter, "They were youngsters, maybe 10-12 years old. It is disturbing that at that age they are committing an act of violence like that. The concerning part is their next step. Behavior like this usually escalates to even more violent behavior."

Heaven says witnesses also reported that there were adults who looked on as the puppy was being attacked, "We don't know how many adults there were. We were told they were on a porch on a balcony. They reportedly had a direct view of the incident as it took place. It is very upsetting that adults watched this happen. Normally parents and any adult would get involved to stop something like this, but in this case there does not seem to have been any effort from the adults to break this up."

The story sparked a public outcry, and Heaven says it moved Andrew Mock so much that he added $5,000 to the reward fund, "It was astounding that somebody would do that. A lot of times people give us donations of $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 dollars for the reward funds. Those donations are very much appreciated because every dollar makes a difference. When we heard Andrew was donating $5,000, it was incredible. It was not expected, and it was truly amazing."

The humane society will pursue felony charges in the case but investigators need help from the public to track down those responsible, "The reward will be paid out if we receive tips that lead to the conviction of the people involved. Sometimes people don't want to come forward or get involved because there is an element of fear. They have to live in that area, so it is understandable. However,it is important that someone has the courage to come forward."

If you have any information about the people who did this, you're asked to call the humane society's cruelty department. That number is (419) 482-7103. Information will be kept confidential.

We've posted a link to the shelter's website.