$2,600 reward offered for info on dead pitbull
TROY -- A $2,600 reward is being offered for information about a pitbull found dead in the Poestenkill gorge earlier this week.
Animal control Officer Kevin McDonough said he remains puzzled about how the female pitbull’s body came to be in the water, where it was for at least a week before being removed Tuesday morning. The animal had a collapsed lung and a weight around its neck that McDonough said was likely used as a sort of strength training for the tan-colored, 5- to 7-year-old animal.
"I’m looking at it from every angle, and I’m dumbfounded by this," he said Friday morning.
He said he hoped the reward money, which is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States, will lead someone to come forward with information on the animal. He said he doubts it would be the animal’s owner, as the sand weight around the animal’s neck would likely constitute a misdemeanor charge of overdriving, torturing or injuring an animal under the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law.
"We’re hoping the public will step up to the plate," McDonough said.
The pitbull, which had no identifying tags or implanted microchip, was removed from about a foot of water at the bottom of the gorge. Nearby is a section of water roughly 10 feet deep, and McDonough said the animal may have floated to the surface from that section.
The sand weight around its neck became substantially heavier when wet and could have weighed the animal down, he said.
McDonough said he will be seeking more information from the animal hospital where an autopsy was performed Wednesday.
How long does this have to go on before Pit Bull owners realize that the power to stop things like this is in their own hands...