$5,000 reward offered after sick dog abandoned in West Seattle & later dies

Photo taken by animal control officer after someone abandoned a sick dog on a street in West Seattle on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The photo has been blurred due to its graphic nature. (Photo courtesy: Seattle Animal Hospital)

WEST SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dog owners in West Seattle are stunned after hearing a sick American Pitbull Terrier was left abandoned on a sidewalk.

A witness saw someone pull up on 38th Avenue Southwest in a purple Dodge minivan on Sunday, September 24th, open the door, dump the dog on some grass nearby, and take off.

The dog was grunting, not able to move, and appeared to be suffering, said Don Baxter, Acting Manager of Field Services at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Sadly, the dog did not survive.

"We could not get the dog to respond to any sort of treatment. And it was in substantial pain and suffering, so we elected to have it euthanized," Baxter said. "The concern is a pet that was in distress and needed medical care and was not given the proper medical care and was dumped and abandoned on the sidewalk. it’s just not the proper way to go about that."

The Humane Society of the United States is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man who left the dog there. The man could potentially face animal cruelty charges, Baxter said. First degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

"That hurts my heart," said dog owner Amy Reese. "My dog’s my baby girl. She’s family."

The abandoned dog was about 4-7 years old, grey and blue in color, and had some white on its neck and chest, according to the Seattle Animal Shelter. There were no wounds, cuts, or signs of trauma on the dog's body, but investigators don’t yet know what caused it to get sick, Baxter said.

"Dogs are such awesome animals," said dog owner Glenn Erickson, who owns a dog suffering from Lymphoma.

Erickson can't imagine leaving a dog to suffer on the side of the street.

He hopes police find whoever was responsible.

"You have to care for it for however old it is, ya know?" Erickson said.

If you recognize the dog or the description of the van or know who is responsible for abandoning the dog, you're asked to call Don Baxter at (206) 386-4288 and reference case number C04542592.

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