Skip to main content

Dog survives 'heinous act' in St. Paul, reward offered

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward.
Riptide before surgery. 

Riptide before surgery. 

The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information on who tied up and abandoned a dog in a wooded area of St. Paul in July. 

The dog was found tied up to a tree by his back leg near 4th Street E and Clarence Street on July 30, a Humane Society news release says. City  of St. Paul spokesperson Suzanne Donovan told BMTN on Tuesday that Riptide, the name they gave the dog, was discovered after St. Paul Animal Control got a tip from a concerned citizen. 

Warning: Details in this story are disturbing.

When Riptide was found, he had wire wrapped around his throat and his mouth was zip-tied shut, preventing him from chewing through the rope or barking, the Humane Society said. The dog was underweight and covered in maggots.

It is believed the dog may have survived for two weeks being tied up to the tree, the Humane Society said. 

Rescued Pets are Wonderful (RPAW) is taking care of Riptide and it said on Facebook that he had to have his leg amputated and his mouth "will need revision procedures." 

“The level of cruelty this dog endured is difficult to put into words,” Christine Coughlin, the Minnesota state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in the release. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous act.”

The Humane Society it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for abandoning the dog. 

St. Paul Animal Control officers are investigating the case, but it is in its preliminary stages, Donovan said, noting these cans can be "very challenging when the animal cannot be immediately tied to an address or owner." 

Animal Control officers are hopeful that, with the community's help, they will be able to locate the person or people responsible, Donovan said. 

“Violence against companion animals is one of the strongest predictors for other crimes and violent acts,” Animal Control Supervisor Molly Lunaris said in a statement. “We’re hopeful that the community will come together and share any information they have about this case so we can prevent future violence."

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the St. Paul Animal Control Facility at 651- 266-1100 or email molly.lunaris@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

RPAW is taking care of Riptide and giving him the medical attention he needs, according to Donovan. St. Paul Animal Control partners with the organization to ensure proper care for animals that find their way to the city's shelter. 

RPAW is raising money on Facebook to support Riptide's care. The page has raised more than $15,000 in five days. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 8.55.56 AM

Officials looking for man last seen leaving Hudson home

David Mckay, 67, was last seen in Hudson Thursday morning.

covid

'Hyper-contagious' BA.4, BA.5 COVID variants confirmed in MN

Omicron continues to evolve into a more transmissible virus.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 20

The latest data shows there are 442 people with COVID hospitalized in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 6.49.01 AM

Deadly night in St. Paul sees 3 people killed, 1 arrest so far

The three incidents bring St. Paul's homicide total up to 18 this year.

police lights

2 killed in broad daylight drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.

IMG_7030

Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

Related

watonwan county humane society

Animal shelter scrambling to find home after city issues eviction notice

The city has been the Watonwan County Humane Society's landlord for 24 years, but now it is evicting the shelter.

Alejandro Rios and Michael Steward

Reward offered for information on 2021 double fatal shooting in St. Paul

It's been a year since Alejandro Rios and Michael Stewart were found dead on the sidewalk.

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 12.00.36 PM

ATF now offering $5,000 reward to ID suspect in St. Paul arsons

The St. Paul ATF is offering $5,000 for information leading to his arrest

max the golden retriever

St. Paul family heartbroken after burglar kills their dog

The suspect broke into the home, stole items and shot the dog.

st paul robbery suspect

Police: St. Paul burglar stole gun, killed family's dog

The suspect also took silver bars valued at $7,600, authorities said.

tommy the dog

Family rescues dog dumped near railroad tracks in St. Paul

They're raising money to help give the neglected pup the loving life he deserves.