NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Officials in Newburgh say they found a dog, badly decomposed in the Hudson River. They say it's a case of animal cruelty and they're now asking anyone with information to step forward.
Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Hudson Valley SPCA, Gene Hecht said it was a horrible sight.
On Wednesday, a woman found a dog, dead, floating in the Hudson River near the Torches On the Hudson Restaurant in Newburgh.
"The dog was in the bag head first and the bag was tied in the end, it was like a laundry bag, which makes me believe the dog was alive when it got in," said Hecht.'
He said he suspects the pit bull was involved in a dog fight.
"This would be one way if they didn't want evidence, they would put the dog in the bag and get rid of it," said Hecht.
He said it's still unclear who was involved or where it happened.
"It could’ve been tossed in Marlboro, Kingston, and floated down the river and it happened to land in Newburgh," he said. "At this point we don’t know."
But by the time officials found the dog, it was badly decomposed, said Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara.
"This particular dog was too badly bloated and decomposed, but I believe we do have information from tags," said Ferrara.
Just last week, another dog was found similarly tied up, and thrown in the water. Now police are asking anyone with information to step forward.
The Hudson Valley SPCA is offering a $2,500 reward.