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HSUS adds $2,500 to reward in pit bull abuse investigation

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A reward is being offered for information in an animal abuse case. Three puppies were mutilated and left for dead on a train track in Albany last Saturday. One of those puppies ended up dying. Our Megan Cruz has the details.

ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- "There's a clear connection between animal abuse and other forms of abuse: Domestic violence, drug trafficking," said Brian Shapiro, New York State Regional Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

That's why the Humane Society of the Unites States is offering a $2,500 award in exchange for information about who abused these puppies. Others are joining in on this cause.

"Someone who would do something like this to vulnerable little creatures would certainly have no problem doing this to an adult or an elderly person," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

The three puppies were found last Saturday. They were abused then abandoned on the train tracks near North Pearl Street in Albany. All three had severe injuries to their left rear paws. One had a hole through it, another had two digits removed, as for the third, its left paw was completely removed. One died Tuesday.

Soares said, "Times are tough. People are making poor choices about what to do with their pet friends in the midst of this economic crisis."

Soares says the number of animal abuse cases in the county are on the rise. It's a felony and abusers face at least four years in jail.

Now word of what happened to these guys has spread well beyond the Capital Region, bringing in donations from across the country. The pot for the reward is now $7,000.

"This reward that's been set up will help us get tips that will hopefully lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever committed this heinous act," said Albany Police Department Assistance Chief Brendan Cox said.

If you have information, contact the Albany Police Department.

For more information

Contribute to the Reward Fund>> Write "Reward Fund" in the Notes section of the donation page.

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