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Reward Offered For Dead Dog Covered In Graffiti

Reward Offered For Dead Dog Covered In Graffiti

Michigan Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the bizarre desecration of a female black pit bull terrier. The dog was found dumped on a Detroit street with a rope tied tightly around her neck and white graffiti spray-painted all over her body.

The dog, believed to be two or three years old, had the letters “P B S” scrawled on the left side of her body while other markings were painted in white on her back, sides and legs. Animal cruelty investigators are waiting for the results of a necropsy to determine how the pit bull died.

Ironically, MHS officials say the graffiti taggers were probably not the ones that killed the dog. Detroit, which is estimated to have a thousand homeless dogs, is seeing an odd trend in graffiti artists who target the bodies of dead animals.

MHS spokesperson Kevin Hatman said for taggers, a dead dog is “as much a blank canvas as a wall or abandoned house.”

“Unfortunately, a dead dog is part of the aesthetic of the city,” said Hatman. “There’s graffiti all over the city, a dead dog is like a brick wall.”

MHS investigators have started to consider the trend to be “random acts of cruelty.” Hatman chalks it up to a new way to exploit pit bull terriers, which make up 35 to 40 percent of the dogs rescued by MHS and up to 80 percent of local rescue groups.

Michigan Humane Society has set up a hotline to identify the taggers and the people responsible for the death of the pit bull. Confidential tips can be reported at (313) 872-3401.

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8:54AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

So felony wrong.

8:55AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

WHAT IN HELL ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN?

2:41PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I hope they found the people who did this . How horrible.

9:32AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

This little angel did not deserve this. I missed this story the first time around. When I saw the date of the article, I was naively hoping it had some kind of update tacked to it, saying the offenders were found and punished.

4:21AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

No more sacrifice, please

12:34AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Heartbreaking story. Sounds as if two separate crimes were committed as far as they can tell. But, both perpetrators need to be punished for what they did to this poor dog being referred to as a 'blank canvas' - that remark was so callous. I hope they are caught and brought to justice, for the sake of the dog.

6:16AM PST on Nov 6, 2013

This absolutely breaks my heart, this poor dog died a horrible unnecessary death and the graffiti art is disgusting :'(

4:43PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

What concerns me is that there is even a discussion about the merit of was spray painted on the poor dog, graffiti or Picasso, except for a possible ID source. Those people have no value for animal life, whether they killed him/her or not, and most, likely, none for human. There is also the possibility they were responsible for the dog's death, so I would go after them, with that assumption.

I wish they would be severely punished but don't hold out much hope. Our country needs to change and begin to value animals for themselves not as someone's property. Until that time, people will continue to drastically harm them, not worrying about any severe recriminations or penalties.

4:58AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

It has to start with the children. If we teach them what is appropriate and we support our teachers, instead of our child at any cost we just might stem the tide of cruelty. Parents are too busy to reprimand, to gently take a child away from what is not appropriate instead of yelling at them from the couch. Are we actively involved with our child's schooling, education and circle of freinds, do we monitor the computer use?

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4:49AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

This is absolutely sickening to me. What had this animal done to those disgusting things we call humans? I pray that the purpetrators of this horrendous crime of animal cruelty are found. Unfortunately, even if caught, the punishment never fits the crime.

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