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Reward Offered For Information Regarding Dead Puppy Found In Crate

UPPER DUBLIN, P.A., (CBS) -- Upper Dublin Township Police and the SPCA are working to identify who allegedly tortured a puppy and then left her to die on the side of a road.

Now PETA is also getting involved, offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the killer.

Officials say the puppy endured cruel acts that no animal should ever have to. "It was in a cage with broken pieces of dry wall. There was feces and urine inside the cage," Detective Michael Gommer described.

The little pup was six months to one-year-old; a brownish pit bull terrier mix.

Police discovered her Wednesday in a crate wrapped and sealed in plastic. It appears she had been dead for at least three days.

There are so many avenues that people could have taken.

Upper Dublin Township Police said the dog's lifeless body and the crate it was inside was found just off of busy Welsh Road, essentially just across the road from that bus stop there. They say anyone who would have been waiting there or driving by likely would have seen it.

If anyone did, it wasn't reported. A private security company making rounds called it in. Now as police work to find the culprit they're making sure everyone sees the image of the crate.

"Since we've done this posting, we've had over a quarter million people see this post. In relationship there are only 26,000 residents in Upper Dublin so it's gone far and wide," said Sgt. Daniel Wade.

Humane Society officer Rhonda Thomas, who was called out to the scene, has been with the SPCA for more than 30 years. She says the cases of animal abuse don't get easier.

However, she does it, because in doing so, she's helping those innocent creatures who can't help them themselves.

"Animals can't talk for themselves, they need people to treat them properly and they need people to advocate for them," Thomas said.

Thomas hopes now, someone out there watching, will stand up and advocate for her.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the UDPD Detective Division at 215-646-2101.

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