Humane Society offering reward in dog rape and death case in Washington state

A reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who allegedly sexually assaulted and hung a dog in Thurston County, Washington.

A person mountain-biking on Department of Natural Resources land on March 21, found a pitbull-type dog hanging from a tree. According to a news release from the Humane Society, the female dog was asphyxiated by hanging her from the tree branch where her feet were barely reaching the ground. The Humane Society said that evidence suggested the dog was severely sexually assaulted while being restrained.

Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS said in the release, “This is a truly horrific situation in all aspects. To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening. We are hopeful this reward will bring someone forward with information about this despicable crime.”

The Humane Society, along with the Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, are working together seeking information about who is responsible for the crime.

The reward has been upped from $2,500 to $5,000 in this case.