Rescuers in Ecorse, Michigan, said that a pit bull was discovered with burn marks all over its body, adding that a reward is being offered for any information about the case.
“We are so disgusted with how much abuse that we are seeing. Tonight we took in this sweet girl who had burn marks all over her body, from either cigarette butts, firecrackers, or chemical burns,” the foundation wrote on Facebook, adding that a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a suspect in the case.
“All of her teeth are broken, most likely from trying to break away from her chain,” the group added, saying it named the dog Destiny.
Another Facebook page, The Last Stop Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, also chimed in.
“I normally don’t post these types of post[s]. This poor pup has been BURNED and BEATEN, with all the TORTURE, she somehow managed to break free, she was bought to ARFF and Dr Greear who are going to step up and help fix this the best they can, Please help Share and Repost please help,” the post read.
Last Stop Animal Rescue and Shelter employee Tom Walsh told the Detroit Free Press that the pit bull appears to have given birth to a litter of pups in recent days and is about 5 to 6 years old.
“This dog is sweet,” Walsh explained. “For what she’s been through, being starved like she has, she just wants some love. That’s all she wants.”
The dog is currently in the care of the Woodhaven Animal Hospital, WXYZ reported.
Those with information are being asked to call the Ecorse Police Department at 313-381-0900.
Animal Cruelty in the United States
Fifty states across the United States have currently have laws that prevent cruelty against animals, however, if animals get tortured across state lines, there is little to protect them.
With the proposed bill, authorities will have federal jurisdiction to go after the culprits. They will also be able to prosecute those who engage in acts of cruelty on federal property.
According to the Humane Society, a non-profit dedicated to resolving animal welfare problems, the animals that are most often reported as abused are dogs, cats, horses and livestock.
Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, which include violence against people. The Humane Society says that surveys have suggested that those who intentionally abuse animals are mainly men under 30.
‘Most Abused Dogs on Earth’
Animal rights group PETA has said that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of “The Pitbull Placebo,” has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents.
She wrote in a now-taken down article: “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status),” according to a prior report from The Epoch Times.