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

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

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