ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to a call from St. Louis police about a terrible accident involving a puppy Wednesday morning.
The puppy had been tethered to the back of a truck and drug along Highway 55.
Upon arrival, the investigator found the driver of the truck distraught by the situation. He stated that he did not know the animal or how it became tied to the back of his vehicle. He was alerted to the incident by another driver who called the police, and signaled him that something was wrong. He pulled over and discovered the dog.
"We are starting to narrow out that the driver was unaware that the dog was in that location and tied up. He does not recognize the and has not seen him before. As of right now, we are looking elsewhere," said Anne Vincent of the Humane Society of Missouri.
The puppy, a five-and-a-half-month old brown, male pit bull, was in shock and is suffering from severe and traumatic injuries. The puppy is being treated at the Humane Society of Missouri Maryland Heights facility and shelter veterinarians are closely monitoring his condition and doing everything they can to relieve his pain. He had a collar and leash, but no ID tag or microchip was found.
“The puppy is in critical condition and it is too early to determine if he will survive his injuries,” said HSMO veterinarian Dr. Mark Wright. “We are stabilizing him and consulting with our surgeon to determine the appropriate course of treatment.”
The Humane Society of Missouri is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for tying the dog to the truck.
HSMO also is looking for the owner of the puppy. Anyone with information is asked to contact 314-647-4400.