A reward is being offered for information about a severely emaciated puppy found in Nicholasville.
The 6-month-old white dog was found July 29 near the trash bins of an apartment building on Beauford Place and brought to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter, according to a news release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A veterinarian who evaluated the puppy estimated she should weigh 21 to 24 pounds, but she weighed half that.
The puppy has been gaining weight and has no other health problems, according to the ASPCA.
The organization is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
"This is one of the most emaciated dogs our staff has seen in a very long time," Mike Cassidy, director of Jessamine County Public Services, said in the release. "It's clear by the markings on her neck that she wore a collar at one time and may have been someone's pet. We hope this reward from the ASPCA will help us uncover the circumstances that led to the puppy's condition and hold the appropriate people responsible."
"This is a truly heartbreaking case of animal cruelty," Stacy Wolf, senior vice president of the ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Group, said in the release. "No animal should have to suffer in this way."