SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities on Friday were searching for the person responsible for abusing a miniature poodle.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the poodle suffered abuse for a very long time, according to Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Roy Gross.

Suffolk County Neglected Poodle

This poodle was found tied to a gate in Smithtown, Long Island. (Credit: Suffolk County SPCA)

“Severely eviscerated and in critical condition when it was found,” Gross said. “Just to give you an idea of how bad it is, it was covered in fleas, it was severely anemic, the fur was worn away, and the teeth not only were rotting, but with fur from constant biting. You could imagine how this dog suffered for such a long period of time.”

The 14-year-old male dog was found tied to the front gate of the Smithtown Animal shelter with an oxygen tube. He was being treated late Friday, and Gross hoped the dog would improve enough to be adopted.

The SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information should to call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.

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