$1k reward offered after emaciated dog found by City Councilor on Syracuse's Southside

Published 05/02 2014 07:00PM

Updated 05/02 2014 07:30PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Police are investigating whether a malnourished pit bull mix found along a street on Syracuse’s Southside by a Syracuse City Councilor is a case of animal abuse.

Local animal advocacy groups are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the condition of the dog.

Councilor Bob Dougherty was riding his bike Friday morning on the Southside when he came across an emaciated dog on the side of Onondaga Creek Boulevard near South Avenue.

"I have always been a dog lover myself and to see a dog in such a terrible condition, it is really sad," Dougherty said.

The dog, named Bobby D after the man who helped save him, is now in the care of the DeWitt Animal Hospital.

Bobby D is soaking up love and attention in the meantime and staff will work to help him gain weight in the coming days.

The pit bull mix is so skinny his rib cages can be seen.

"The concerns are he has some pressure sores on him, so just an overall malnourished dog and typically the pressure sores are when they're kept in a crate for a long period of time, so it happened under someone’s care," said Caitlin Simmons with ‘Cuse Pit Crew.

"To be honest, the last couple months there has been an increase in these dogs that are starved or emaciated. I don't know what the reasoning is, but we are seeing an increase in it,” said Officer Rebecca Thompson with the Syracuse Police.

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and the ‘Cuse Pit Crew are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5336. All tips will remain confidential.

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