A reward for information regarding the cruel death of a dog Saturday is steadily rising.
A reward for information regarding the cruel death of a dog Saturday is steadily rising. As of noon Monday, it appears to have reached more than $1,000.
Jade’s Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Canton, initially offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who threw a dog from a car at the intersection of Whipple and Wise Avenues NW around 3:45 p.m.
Supporters and Repository readers have since volunteered additional funds through online comments and Facebook posts.
The area in which the dog was abused is at a crossroads of police jurisdictions that include the Stark County Sheriff and Jackson Township. North Canton Police jurisdiction is a stone’s throw away.
None of these Stark County agencies received a 911 call Saturday.
An unidentified witness said the dog, described as young and wearing a purple collar with no tags, was thrown from a white Ford Mustang into a culvert filled with flowing water from recent rain.
The witness called someone he knew was involved in animal rescue, who went to help the dog. She then contacted Diane and Ed Aquino of Jade’s Rescue. They rescued the dog from the culvert and took him to the Stark County Veterinarian Emergency Clinic on Fulton Road, NW where he was euthanized.
The dog had suffered spinal trauma that paralyzed him from the midsection down, punctured lungs, wounds and dehydration.
Chief Stephan Wilder said Monday that his department had not been notified of the incident Saturday, but wishes it had.
“We could have put out a countywide alert,” he said, if they would have had a description of the car and driver at that time.
“We will help in any way, shape or form that we can to get the information out,” Wilder said. “It was such a cruel act. And so unnecessary.”
Jade’s Rescue plans to file a report in Jackson Township today.
Those wishing to add to the reward can call Jade’s Rescue at 330-614-0300 or leave a message on their Facebook page.
Wilder added that if the person who killed the dog is found, he or she would likely face second degree misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. That would be punishable by fines with possible jail time.
In July, Governor John Kasich signed Nitro’s law, which makes it a felony offense for kennel owners and operators to commit acts of animal cruelty in any facility with a commercial kennel license. It covers boarders, commercial breeders, trainers and rescue groups.
The law’s passage makes it the first time in history that a first-time offense of animal cruelty is a felony in Ohio.