WATERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – The animal advocacy group PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the abuse of a severely emaciated dog that wandered into a Boston-area Home Depot store.
According to Massachusetts State Police, the dog entered the Home Depot store on Arsenal Street in Watertown Saturday. The pit bull mix had several lesions on his body, which may be cigarette burns. Each of his ears also had a small cut.
Boston NBC affiliate WHDH-TV reports that the dog weighed only 26 pounds; less than half of what she should weigh. It is believed that he was abandoned by the Charles River.
PETA is hoping that their offer of a reward will bring people to action.
“This sweet dog was apparently deliberately burned, over and over, as he wasted away from starvation,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said in a news release sent to 22News. “PETA is urging anyone with information in this case to come forward immediately so that this dog’s abuser can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”
Police are calling the dog “Sully Doe” for now, and it is expected that he will be put up for adoption once he returns to a healthy weight.
If you can identify him, or have information on his owner, you are urged to call Watertown Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly at (617) 972-6446.