Organizations in Sacramento are offering a $12,000 reward leading to the arrest of whoever left a puppy dead, hanging from a tree.
The criminal investigation indicates the puppy was also shot with a BB gun and beaten badly.
Police officials told ABC10 that the puppy was found hanging on a leash from a tree, along the bike path on Riverside Boulevard.
The female Chihuahua-terrier mix was approximately four months old, weighing about 12 pounds when found.
“It’s a horrific case. It’s probably the worst one I’ve seen since I’ve been here working for the city,” Chief Animal Control Officer Jase Huggins told KRON4.
“From nose to tail, there wasn’t any part of this puppy—about a 4-month-old puppy—that didn’t have fractures somewhere on her body.”
Neighbors want the perpetrator brought to justice.
“I’m watching everything all the time when I’m down here cause you never know when they’re gonna come out,” neighbor Steven Beard said.
Huggins noted whoever was responsible for the horrible crime could commit violence in the future against a human.
“That person is capable of committing violence against another person, another child and another animal,” Huggins told KRON4.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP or Chief Animal Control Officer Jace Huggins at 916-808-5855.
The reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the U.S., RedRover, Sacramento Crime Alert, Calaveras Humane Society, and Sacramento SPCA.