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Reward offered in abandoned puppy case

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Investigators are looking for whoever abandoned a puppy, now named Kennedy, and another one about three weeks ago. Investigators are looking for whoever abandoned a puppy, now named Kennedy, and another one about three weeks ago.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There's now a reward for information on who dumped an emaciated, dehydrated, starving puppy in a Kennedy Park trash can in Tucson early this week.

In fact, investigators are looking for whoever abandoned that puppy, now named Kennedy, and another one about three weeks ago.

The other puppy was found in a garbage can at Reid park.

He was named Oscar.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson nursed Oscar back to health.

Oscar was adopted on Monday, the same day good Samaritans took Kennedy to the Humane Society.

She was in terrible condition, close to death.

Humane Society workers say it's clear the nine-week-old puppy had been neglected even before someone threw her away.

The good news is that just two days later, Kennedy is alert, active and gaining weight.

The Humane Society expects her to make a full recovery.

Authorities say pet dumping is a crime they take very seriously.

Abandonment is not only cruel, it's illegal.

It's also common in Pima County.

From the Humane Society to the Pima Animal Care Center, there are a lot of people working cases like this.

The Southern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force is a part of the team.

The goal is to catch the people who abandon animals and to prosecute them.

"When we get cases of cruelty, neglect or abandonment, they look for the culprit. In this case, 88-CRIME is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for Kennedy," says Sara Gromley of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Pima Animal Care Center Enforcement Operations Manager Jose Chavez says, "The penalties are misdemeanor charges and it could go up to felony charges depending on the severity of the incident that we find the animals in."

Good Samaritans rescued the two puppies, but animal cruelty investigators say the rest of us can help too.

"The public is practically like 80 to 90 percent of our eyes out there. They're the ones that--that's how we receive our complaints and that's how we initiate investigations is the public calling in and reporting these," Chavez says.

"If there's one thing we really want the community to take away from this sad situation it's that animal abandonment is never an acceptable option. There are a number of great alternatives if you're unable to keep a pet. We have some great rescue groups and shelters in the area that would be more than willing and able to care for a puppy or a kitten or any animal that needs help," says Gromley.

Kennedy still has a ways to go before she's ready for adoption, but people already are calling the Humane Society, each hoping to be the lucky one who gets to take her home one day.

For now, Gromley says donations to help care for Kennedy are welcome.

To report animal cruelty, the Pima Animal Care Center number in Tucson is 520-243-5900.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona number in Tucson is 520-327-6088.

They also are shelters that will take pets that people no longer want or can no longer care for.   

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