Two national groups — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and The Humane Society of the United States — are offering rewards totaling up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those who physically abused two dogs in Mercer County.
On Dec. 16, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that someone had tied the legs of two dogs, duct-taped their muzzles shut, and beat them on their heads.
The dogs’ owner had been away and returned home to find the animals severely injured. Since the attack, the dogs have been recovering in the possession of their owner.
The incident happened in the Duncan community of northwestern Mercer County, close to the intersection of Bohon and Grapevine roads.
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The standard cruelty reward offered by the Humane Society of the United States is $2,500 but a donation from a board member doubled the reward to $5,000.
“It takes a truly callous person to abuse dogs in this way,” said Kathryn Callahan, Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope this reward will help bring forward anyone with information about this horrible crime.”
PETA announced Friday its reward of up to $5,000, shortly after the Humane Society made public its offer.
“It takes a dangerous, violent person to tie up and beat two dogs and leave them for dead,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is calling on anyone with information to come forward immediately so that whoever restrained and hit these dogs can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”
Anyone with information should contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 734-4221.
Mercer County Crime Stoppers also offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information which leads to an arrest and conviction. Crime Stoppers can be reached at (859) 812-0016 or 1-800-582-2762.