Through contributions from the Suffolk County SPCA, the Guardians of Rescue, New York Bully Crew and other anonymous supporters, a $2,000 reward has ballooned into a $21,500 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the death of a 7-month-old pitbull mix puppy that was found hanging from a tree in a wooded area near Martha and Bellport Avenues in Bellport.
As part of their continuing investigation, the Suffolk SPCA is asking the public to contact them if anyone has seen the dog during February, 2016 or has any information that can help bring the alleged perpetrator(s) to justice.
Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross says that on February 29, 2016 his organization received a call from Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter notifying them that they had recovered the body of the tri-color female pitbull mix after it was found hanging from a tree.
Suffolk County SPCA detectives are investigating this heinous act of animal cruelty. A necropsy was performed indicating blunt force trauma.
“Unfortunately any individual that can do something of this nature is capable of a committing a more horrific crime. There is a strong correlation between animal abuse, domestic violence and child abuse.”
Under New York State law any person who intentionally kills a companion animal can face felony animal cruelty charges.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
For more info, visit suffolkspca.org.