Humane agents are seeking help from the public after a dog with an apparent gunshot wound was found dead in North Huntingdon wearing a muzzle and tied to a railroad post.
All But Furgotten President Melanie Wedge said the animal may have struggled before its death along a set of railroad tracks off Turner Valley Road. Humane agents are awaiting results from a necropsy performed during the weekend for an official determination on the dog’s cause of death.
“It appears he was possibly trying to get free,” Wedge said. “Somebody has to know something.”
The dog, a young boxer mix, was found by someone walking in the area Thursday, Wedge said.
“It’s hard for us to wrap our heads around it — there’s so many resources out there,” she said. “There’s so many other things you can do.”
All But Furgotten is accepting donations for the necropsy. Any donations beyond that cost will be put toward a reward for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect.
Decomposition made it a bit difficult for agents to determine the dog’s exact appearance, but Wedge said it appears the animal’s fur was a solid reddish-brown fawn color. It had a tail and appeared to be stocky. The animal was found near Norwin Soccer Club fields.
The dog’s lower jaw had gotten free from the muzzle and the leash was pulled tight, leading Wedge to believe the animal may have struggled. Authorities believe the suspect is likely a local person who is familiar with the area.
“It just seems like a very unnecessary, evil, cowardly way” to treat an animal, she said.
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