UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- A pit bull puppy was found alive inside a tied garbage bag in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday.
A resident discovered the bag at the intersection of Westphalia and Ritchie Marlboro Roads and immediately called police.
Investigators believe the small brown dog, now named Hersey, was thrown from a car. Hersey was able to free himself from his muzzle before he was found. A veterinarian said the puppy was underweight and his feet were soaked with urine, believed to be caused by spending extended periods of time in a crate.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for leaving the puppy for dead.
"Tying a puppy up in a garbage bag and leaving him for dead is heartbreakingly cruel and is also a crime," said Ashley Mauceri, manager of cruelty investigations for The Humane Society of the United States. "We are hopeful that someone will recognize Hershey and come forward to help find the person or persons who committed this despicable act."
Hersey is now in foster care through the Mutts Matter Rescue in Kensington, Md., and will be placed up for adoption upon his recovery. He is recovering at a Gaithersburg vet's office. See Matt Jablow's video, above, to see how Hersey is doing
If you have any information on this case, please call the Prince George's County Animal Management Division at (301) 780-7241.
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