“It was a horrible situation,” said Jennifer Galloway, Gulf Coast Humane Society executive director. “This is completely shocking that someone would drag their dog.”
A female pit bull mix was taken into Gulf Coast Humane Society Saturday afternoon after it was found left for dead in Montura Ranch that morning.
Graphic pictures were sent to the humane society showing the pit bull’s wounds: Her back legs and paws were shredded down to the bone, to the point where bone marrow was exposed, and her underbelly and front paws were also bloodied and shredded.
Galloway said it appeared the dog had been dragged down the road. The man who found her apparently followed her blood trails on the road on his ATV until he discovered her in a wooded area. The man notified Clewiston Animal Control and a volunteer with the center contacted the humane society to see if the dog could be brought in for emergency care, said Galloway.
Soon after the dog arrived at the humane society, veterinarians concluded her wounds were too severe and it would be best to euthanize her. The dog also appeared to have recently been nursing, though veterinarians said the milk had already dried up.
Staff members at the humane society gave the female pit bull a name, before she was taken under the care of veterinarians and eventually put to sleep.
“We like to give [all the animals] a name,” said Galloway, who said she wanted to give the dog a beautiful and spiritual name. “Aaliyah means going to God in Hebrew, so I thought that was very fitting.”
Since Aaliyah was brought into the human society Saturday, pictures of her wounds have circulated around social media, but her alleged abuser remains at large.
Clewiston Animal Control is currently investigating the case, but has offered no comment regarding the incident since it is ongoing investigation.
A fund has been set up through the humane society to be used as a reward for information about this animal abuse case. Since Saturday, nearly $2,000 in donations were raised.
To donate to Gulf Coast Humane Society on behalf of Aaliyah, visit their website at www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org and click “Donate” at the top of the page. Make sure to write “Aaliyah” in the comments section when making the donation.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is also helping in the search and is offering $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous.
An additional reward of up to $5,000 is also being offered from the Stop Illegal Dog Fighting Gofundme account, which has raised more than $25,000 since it was started in February in response to a pit bull named Sunset, who was used as a bait dog in Southwest Florida. Donations can be made to this account, as well, by visiting www.gofundme.com/lmf15c.