The body of a young, tan, female shepherd mix dog was found with baling wire tied around her neck on a canal bank at County 10-1/2 Street and Avenue G on Friday, June 1, near Somerton, AZ.  The dog, possibly a stray, had been sodomized with a crutch and was in the water at some point prior to being found.

In a news release, the Humane Society stated that details of the event have not as of yet been determined, “but we do know the animal suffered terribly.”

“We need to make sure this person cannot harm another animal or person again,” humane society spokeswoman Elkie Wills said in the release. “This is a brutal crime that can’t go unnoticed, and we hope the public feels the same and turns this person over to the authorities.”

To that end, a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the torture and killing.  The reward comes from local donors.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cruelty case as a felony.

To report tips in the case, call the humane society at 782-1621, Ext. 106.

Source – Yuma Sun – June 4 and June 6

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