WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Suffolk County SPCA is now offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with a dog that was found dead in a canal earlier this week.
The SPCA said the female Rottweiler mix had been chained by the neck to a cement block. They said a resident discovered the dog in the canal behind his house on Secatogue Lane East in West Islip at around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Authorities believe she may have been dead for about five days.
A preliminary inspection did not reveal any obvious abuse or trauma, according to the SPCA.
The black-and-tan dog appeared to be about 7 years old.
SPCA Chief Roy Gross said a necropsy performed on Friday found changes in the lungs consistent with drowning.
Gross said it is unconscionable to believe that anyone could commit such a heinous act of animal cruelty, the SPCA said.
“If in fact this dog was put in there alive it would certainly be a heinous crime to say the least, very disturbing,” Gross said on Thursday before the necropsy results.
The combined $3,000 reward is being offered by the Suffolk County SPCA and NYS Humane Association Inc.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the SPCA at 631-382-7722.
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