SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Central New York animal advocates are offering rewards in five animal abuse cases that haven’t yet been solved.
Most recently, the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and Cuse Pit Crew asked for the public’s assistance in tracking down whoever was responsible for a pit bull puppy named April, found near Kirk Park with a collar embedded into her skin.
The AAGS and Cuse Pit Crew, as well as the Human Society of the United States, other animal advocacy groups and local businesses are offering more than $12,000 total in rewards in the five unsolved cases:
The 5 to 7-month-old pit bull was found on Crehange Street on Syracuse’s South Side with a collar too tight and growing into her neck muscle. April had to be sedated for the collar to be removed surgically. Cuse Pit Crew offered $1,000 for tips in the case, and the AAGS added another $500 to the reward.
Callie, a cat owned by a family in Liverpool, was shot with 23 BBs in February and suffered a broken femur. Though she survived, the person who fired the shots was not identified. A $2,000 reward was offered for information leading to a conviction.
The emaciated body of a young female pit bull, posthumously named Faith, was found in a garbage bag on Onondaga Creek Boulevard in 2013. Investigators said they found signs that Faith had been used for dogfighting. Her ears were were cropped and her teeth were filed down. The case prompted the AAGS to establish the Keeping Faith Fund, from which rewards in many of these cases are dispersed. The AAGS has not announced a specific reward amount in this case.
Jax, a young tan-and-white pit bull-type dog, was found dead between two dumpsters on Smith Lane in October 2013. The dog had been starved and weighed about 13 pounds when the body was found. Advocates said a dog of that type typically weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. Jax had no muscle mass, pressure sores on its body, bones showing through its skin and his toenails had become overgrown and curled into its paws. A $6,000 reward was offered for tips relating to the case.
Two dead pitbulls
Children playing near Onondaga Creek found two dead pit bulls in March 2014. Police said the dogs were found behind trees as though they were intentionally hidden. One, a black and white pit bull, was emaciated. The other, which was gray and white, was not. A $3,000 reward was offered for tips leading to the conviction of whoever was responsible.
Officials have asked that anyone with information on the dog abuse cases, call Syracuse police at 315-442-5336. Anyone with information in the case of Callie, who was shot at in Liverpool, is asked to call the CNY SPCA at 315-454-3469.