PIKEVILLE — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to who burned a dog with bacon grease earlier this month.
The dog was found Dec. 1 howling in pain and with his fur burned off and his collar melted to his skin, according to a press release from the Humane Society.
The dog was found on the property of a couple in the Mossy Bottom area just north of Pikeville, Sheriff Charles Keesee said.
Besides his burns, the dog's tail had been cut off, an eye was gouged out and he had a broken jaw, said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky director of the Humane Society of the United States.
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At first, rescuers thought the dog might have been burned accidentally, but the older injuries led them to believe he had been tortured over a period of time, said Beverly McChesney, a board member with United Rescues of Kentucky.
The 1- to 2-year-old small terrier mix was taken to a Pike County animal shelter, then transferred to the Lexington-based United Rescues of Kentucky. The dog is now in a foster home in Louisville.
"In especially heinous crimes, in things like this we offer the reward to help law enforcement," Rogers said.
Animal cruelty is a felony. The society has offered a couple of rewards in the last few months in Louisville, and it paid the reward to people who turned in a person who threw a pit bull off a bridge there, Rogers said.
The Pike sheriff's office is investigating. Keesee said he is working with the local neighborhood watch to try to figure out who owned and injured the dog.