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Reward offered for information in animal abuse case

By HOLLY HUFFMAN

Eagle Staff Writer

The Brazos Animal Shelter is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever tied up a young dog last week and left her for dead in a Bryan field.

Authorities said they have no leads in the animal abuse case. Shelter officials said they hope the reward, which was provided by an anonymous donor, will encourage people to report any information about the felony case.

“ It’s going to be a matter of somebody just being willing to come forward,” said Kelley Durham, executive director of the animal shelter.

Durham said the state recently increased the punishment for animal abuse, upgrading it from a misdemeanor to a state jail felony. The offense is punishable by up to two years in a state jail facility and a fine of up to $10,000.

“ If it’s kids, you definitely want to catch them because you think you may have a chance to rehabilitate somebody,” Durham said. “If it’s an adult, you want them off the streets.”

The 30- to 40-pound mixed-breed dog, which has been nicknamed Chance, was found in a vacant field Thursday.

Her legs and tail had been hog-tied with duct tape and wire, Durham said. Duct tape also was wrapped around her nose and mouth, clamping it shut.

Two Bryan water services employees spotted the dog and called animal control officers. Bryan police continue to investigate the case.

Durham said the shelter has received numerous phone calls from concerned people inquiring about Chance, who is “doing great.” A retired couple who have experience in rehabilitating dogs and have worked with Texas A&M University’s veterinary school is set to adopt her Friday.

“ She’s still very frightened. She’s hand-shy, but she very much wants to make friends,” Durham said. “I think she’s going to get over this, it’s just going to take her some time.”

• Holly Huffman’s e-mail address is hhuffman@theeagle.com.

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