Police in Bellport, NY Investigate After Body of 8-Month-Old Pit Bull Found Hanging From Tree

March 6, 2016 Updated: March 6, 2016

Several groups are urging anyone with information to come forward after police found an 8-month-old pitbull hanging from a tree in Long Island.

The dog’s body was found in a wooded area in Bellport, New York.

The Guardians of Rescue and the Suffolk County SPCA are both offering $3,000 for information on the crime.

The Guardians in a Facebook post called the hanging a “horrible act.” 

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“Unfortunately any individual that can do something of this nature is capable of a committing a more horrific crime,” added Roy Gross, chief of the SPCA. “There is a strong correlation between animal abuse, domestic violence and child abuse.”

New York State law stipulates felony animal cruelty charges for any person who intentionally kills a companion animal.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

A necropsy of the tri-color pit bull mix found strangulation, likely by hanging, and blunt trauma to the stomach.