Horrified rescue workers found a small dog left for dead and tied in plastic bags. A note said the dog had died, but the poor animal was still alive inside.

The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is looking for answers on behalf of a dog left for dead outside of one of their facilities. The dog was dumped in a basket which was double-bagged and tied shut. The bags had a taped note that said, “Dog pass a way (sic). Thanks.” Despite the note, the poor animal was still holding on.

The HRA staff quickly looked the dog over and determined she was alert and breathing but suffering from multiple ailments. They named her Mary and quickly transfered her over to Friendship Hospital for Animals. Sadly, Mary was euthanized after veterinarians determined she was too injured to be saved.

The HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement division is now investigating the case. While the division is responsible for conducting animal cruelty investigations throughout the District, this one hit a little closer to home for officers. The group is offering a $3,000 reward for information identifying the owner.

dog left for dead

Courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for this heinous act,” said HRA’s Vice President of Field Services Chris Schindler. “She was left to suffer and die a painful death. We hope this reward will motivate someone to come forward so that justice can be served.”

Anyone with information should step forward and help this poor dog left for dead. Pet owners should also remember that there are many resources out there to help them. Simply leaving your animal behind is not an option. The HRA is reminding citizens that they provide a wide range of services, such as humane euthanasia, for pet owners in need.

Mary was found outside of 1201 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002. If anyone has information on the case they should call 202-723-5730 (option 1).

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