An emaciated 9-month-old puppy found earlier this month is recovering, and the Humane Society of the United States is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who abandoned him.
The puppy was rescued July 10 from Okie Street NE by officers from the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). He had mange and a secondary skin condition and was emaciated to the point that he was unable to walk, according to HRA media relations manager Samantha Miller.
Surveillance footage showed a man leaving the puppy on the street around midnight July 10. The man was driving a dark-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, which was missing its hood.
Now named Shepard by HRA staff members, the puppy was released from the emergency vet on July 17, and is doing well, according to a statement from the Humane Society of the U.S.
Shepard went into rehabilitative foster care and has slowly regained strength in his hind legs. He now has limited mobility and has gained weight, going from 15 to 21 pounds.
The Humane Society's $5,000 reward is in addition to a $5,000 reward from the HRA announced on July 15, for a $10,000 reward total.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the HRA at 202-723-5730, option 1.