Animal welfare authorities in Detroit are trying to find whoever is responsible for maiming a dog found with his ears and nose cut off.
The Michigan Humane Society has released a photo of the Rottweiler mix, which was found in the city on Tuesday and has been named Baron. The society says a concerned citizen called them after spotting the dog. The animal was taken to veterinarians and treated.
Investigator Mark Ramos says the maiming has caused the dog "a great deal of suffering."
The society said Baron is in stable condition and being treated with antibiotics, pain medication, nutrient-rich food and is being evaluated for reconstructive surgery.
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"He's getting lots of love and attention from the team," said Diretor of Marketing and Communications for the society, Kathy Bilitzke.
The society was initially offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever hurt the dog, but after a large response to their message, the society said the reward has grown to $15,000.
We have overwhelming concern and response with people calling from France and Germany and Denmarl, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee," Bilitzke said. "All over the place. Just incredible, incredible empathy and indignation and anger."
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department at (313) 872-3401.