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Reward offered in Bell County dog abuse case

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A dog is found in Bell County with its tail cut off and other severe injuries. Now a reward is being offered to find the person responsible for the abuse.

"The injuries were very severe. She had bones exposed in her foot and she had bones and nerves exposed in her tail end," said Shelly Henson, Director of the Bell County Animal Shelter.

Shelly Henson found the young dog on June 22nd in the Walls End area. She says the day before, a man saw the dog walking along the road. The next day, the man saw the dog again and its was missing, so he called the Bell County Animal Shelter. Animal control officers found the dog with her tail cut off and a bloody foot. The condition was so bad, WYMT cannot show you some of the graphic pictures of the dog's injuries.

"I thought, oh my gosh, how could somebody do that to a beautiful dog," Henson said.

The Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund took the dog to a Louisville animal hospital where she has undergone several surgeries.

"It was so heart-wrenching. She was such a sweet girl. She didn't cry when we were medicating her. She was such a sweet girl, and she won everybody's heart here," Henson said.

Now investigators want to know who cut her tail and abused her. To help find who did this, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information.

"The crime can repeat itself. If they hurt one dog, they can definitely hurt another dog," Henson said.

Animal control officers say the dog had no collar or other signs of an owner.

Anyone with information on the dog or the abuse should contact the Bell County Sheriff's Department or the Bell County Animal Shelter.

Meanwhile, the dog is now named Ellie. She is recovering in Louisville and then will be looking for a loving home. The Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund will put her up for adoption after she recovers from the injuries.


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