DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Dearborn Animal Shelter is offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who tied a rock to a dog's leg and threw him in the Rouge River.
Police rescued the dog after receiving a tip from a passerby who saw the dog in the river around 9:50 p.m. on August 26, near the intersection of Warren Road and Outer Drive in Dearborn Heights.
Police were able to recover the dog from the muddy bank of the river.
"It hurts me," said Gregory Gritu, who lives near the Rouge River, "It hurts me because I have a golden retreiver, and I woud never think of doing something like that to the dog."
The dog was covered in mud, but was in good condition. After a few days in the Dearborn Animal Shelter, the dog (now named River) is doing great.
He is friendly with staffers and has a healthy appetite, according to the shelter. The Dearborn Animal Shelter says the reward will hopefully garner tips that lead to an arrest.
"We just feel it could assist with getting someone from the public to step up for a tip or lead that might lead to the individuals involved in committing this cruelty act against this dog." said shelter spokesperson Sandy Boulton.
If you have any information that could help in the cruelty case call the Dearborn Heights Police at 313-277-7408.
The reasons behind River's mistreatment remain a mystery, but the Dearborn Animal Shelter says there are lessons to be gained from incidents like this.
"If you do have to surrender an animal, please don't leave it in the street," said Boulton, "Don't' dispose of it. It's a living being. Please surrender it to a shelter near you."
Friday morning, "River" was back at the Dearborn Animal Shelter after a trip to the vet.
We're told he has heart worm and an ear infection, but is in good shape otherwise.
He will likely be in foster care for a few weeks before he could be up for adoption.