Puppy brutally killed in Union County

Union County (WVLT) -- Authorities need your help tonight finding the person responsible for the brutal death a puppy in Union County.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has more on the investigation and the reward that is being offered.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $3,200 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for torturing and killing an eight month old german shepherd mix.

We want to warn you, the details of its death may be disturbing.

Union County Humane Society Director Tammy Rouse says, "It was in a very remote area."

A woman was driving her children to school down Beeler Hollow Road Thursday morning when she made the gruesome discovery.

Rouse says, "When she got out to render aid to the dog, she discovered it was dead with a ligature around its neck, tightly wrapped around the fence post."

The eight month old german shepherd mix was hung and shot five times.

Rouse was one of the first to respond to the scene, "Pretty bad. You know, seeing dead animals is one thing, but seeing animals displayed with this kind of brutality acted out is kind of disturbing."

Rouse says the puppy could have very well been someone's pet, "The dog appeared to be in very good flesh, like it had been fed regularly. The coat was nice."

But for reasons Rouse says she'll never understand, someone chose to take the dog's life in this heartless fashion.

"I think someone had to work very hard to do this to this dog. It didn't appear to be just someone wanting to get rid of a nuisance animal. He was taken to this remote place, wound around the fence post."

And the fact that that person is still out there, is what Rouse feels we must take seriously.

"Animal cruelty is an indicator crime. People who commit, toward animals, it's proven fact that they sometimes later go on to commit those same acts against humans."

That's why the reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer is up to $3,200.

Rouse says, "We're hoping anyone with information on this case will come forward to help us find who did this haneous act."

If you have any information about the incident, call the Union County Humane Society at (865 )992-5212.

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