$5,500 reward offered for information on Chattanooga animal abuse case

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A national organization is now involved in an animal abuse case involving a dog that was severely beaten then dumped into a trash dumpster.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA has announced that it will add $5000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abusing a 1-year old pit bull named Desiree. This comes in addition to the $500 reward offered by the McKamey Animal Center.

On Monday, November 9, a Chattanooga resident was taking out trash in the 7700 block of Nautical Way when he discovered Desiree’s foot moving inside a bag that was inside the dumpster.

When Desiree was taken to McKamey Animal Center, animal experts noticed she was severely emaciated and suffered from infected sores all over her body. They also noticed she suffered severe blunt force trauma to her shoulder and neck. But the worst injury was her shattered leg.

Last Friday, X-rays confirmed that someone purposely inflicted blunt force trauma to one of her legs. According to animal experts, the damage to the leg is so severe that Desiree might have to undergo a leg amputation.

The day after Desiree was taken to McKamey, another dog that was named Desmond was found walking around the same residential area in similar condition.

"Someone out there abused and abandoned these dogs, dumping one of them in a garbage can for what could have been slow, agonizing and terrifying death," said PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien.

If found, and convicted, the culprit(s) may be among the first added to Tennessee’s new Animal Abuse Registry.

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