FORSYTH, Ill. (WICS) — PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for starving and then abandoning a dog who was found dead in a crate by the roadside near Forsyth.
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On Tuesday, The Macon County Animal Control and Care Center says they responded to a report of a dog on the side of Sawyer Road south of Illiniwick in Decatur around 10:20 a.m.
Animal control says the dog was found deceased inside of a cage in the ditch near the road.
They say the dog appeared to be emaciated.
The dog's cause of death and the identity of the owners are unknown at this time.
PETA is asking if anyone can identify the dog, perhaps from the multicolored collar decorated with cartoon bones and a pink buckle.
This dog evidently wasted away and was dumped on the side of the road like garbage, either dead or dying, and no doubt terrified and miserable, desperate for warmth and comfort,” says PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “If there are other animals in the culprit’s custody, they could be in grave danger, and PETA urges anyone with information to come forward right away.”
Tipsters should contact Macon County Animal Control at 217-425-4508 or the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at 217-424-1311.