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Advocates: Pit bull found starved to death in Syracuse, offering reward in investigation

Animal advocates are hoping a reward will help the investigation of another apparent case of dog neglect and abuse, after they say an extremely thin male pit bull was found dead in Syracuse.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Animal advocates are hoping a reward will help the investigation of another apparent case of dog neglect and abuse, after they say an extremely thin male pit bull was found dead in Syracuse.

The dog, who members of the Cuse Pit Crew named Jax, was only 13 pounds and was likely starved to death according to advocates.

The white and tan pit bull had no fat left on his body and pressure sores covered his skin.

“A very, very neglected dog. This dog hasn't eaten in weeks, possibly a month. It’s probably one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen in terms of how skinny and emaciated the dog was,” said Stefanie Higgins, Co-Founder of Cuse Pit Crew.

The emaciated pit bull was found dead in between dumpsters on Smith Lane, on the East Side of Syracuse.

The Cuse Pit Crew is hoping someone will be able to help them find the owner and is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

“We are hoping it just gets people to speak up more. We want people to know if they see something, to say something,” Higgins said.

Tuesday also happens to be Pit Bull Awareness Day in Onondaga County.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Syracuse Police Animal Abuse Tip Line at (315) 442 -5336.

All tips will remain confidential.

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