Reward offered in case of severely neglected dog

SEATTLE -- A severely neglected dog turned up in West Seattle last week, and now the Humane Society is offering a cash reward to anyone who can help track down the owner.

West Seattle residents first noticed the dog last Thursday in the 8600 block of 8th Avenue Southwest. The dog was very frightened and showed obvious signs of neglect, according city officials.

The dog's collar was so tight it had cut into the dog's neck and had to be surgically removed.

Nobody knows where the dog came from or who its owner was, but the Humane Society of the United States wants to find out. The organization is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for abusing and neglecting the dog.

"Neglecting an animal to the point that no one loosens a collar that is literally cutting into the flesh of the animal's neck is unconscionable and a clear violation of our state's animal cruelty statutes," Dan Paul, Washington State Director for The Humane Society of the United States, said in a Tuesday news release.

First degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both, according to the city.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call Seattle Animal Shelter Manager of Field Services Ann Graves at (206) 386-4288. Please reference case number 14-13914.