BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A $5,000 reward is being offered for information on a suspected teenager caught on video throwing rocks at a dog and slamming it onto the ground in Hamilton, Ohio.
PETA is offering the reward for “information that leads to the conviction on cruelty-to-animal charges of the person who abused this dog, as well as the animal’s whereabouts so that he or she can receive veterinary treatment as needed.”
“This little dog is in danger every minute he or she spends at the hands of this violent person,” PETA Senior Director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell said. “PETA is calling on anyone with information to come forward immediately so that the dog can hopefully be rescued and the abuser stopped from hurting anyone else.”
The animal rights organization is asking anyone with information to call the Butler County Dog Warden at 513.785.6542.
Video of the Dec. 15 incident surfaced last week. It happened on Franklin Street in West Hamilton near Milliken Woods Park.
The footage came from a security camera belonging to a woman who did not want to be identified. It shows the suspected teenager throw rocks at the dog, then hook a leash to its collar, ‘helicopter twirl’ it around his head and slam it to the ground.
Butler County Dog Warden Deputy Kurt Merbs called the footage “absolutely horrible" to watch.
“We were starting to feel defeated in the office with this call that, you know, it wasn’t going to happen, and that this person was going to get away with this,” Merbs told FOX19 NOW after news of the PETA reward surfaced. “So hopefully this new light on this, we can find this person.”
Merbs pleaded for anyone with information to come forward, adding: “No tip is too small.”