Crime Watch 8

Reward for info on abused dog rises to $10,000

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The reward for information leading to a conviction regarding a dog’s injuries has been raised from $5,000 to $10,000, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday. 

The 2-year-old pit bull named Justice was brought to the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter after it received a call the afternoon of Nov. 2 about an injured dog about 12 miles northwest of Shelbyville. An unidentified good Samaritan had called after spotting the pup near 900 North and 400 West, the shelter said.

An IMPD news release had no information about what caused the increase in the reward. 

The dog had a pink 1-1/2-inch collar around its neck but no microchip or tags. He was treated at an Indianapolis clinic for extensive chemical burns, tongue lacerations, sepsis and dehydration among other conditions. The burns extended inside his mouth and throat, making it impossible for the dog to eat without the help of a feeding tube. Within a week, his condition had improved enough for shelter workers to feel “hopeful” about the possibility of a full recovery.

Anyone with information related to the investigation can call Chris Browder at 317-392-5127 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.