An animal rights group offered up a $3,000 reward to find the person who left a caged pit bull puppy to die on the mesa west of Albuquerque early this week.
In a statement released Thursday, Animal Protection of New Mexico said the 5-month-old puppy was found inside a crate on Monday evening beside a trail near 118th NW.
“No matter what the circumstances, it’s always cruel and illegal to abandon a live animal,” APNM spokesman Alan Edmonds said in the release. “It’s also a crime to improperly dispose of a deceased companion animal. There are many options available, even for people who can’t afford to cremate their deceased companion.”
The puppy is described as a gray male pit bull with white markings on his chest, stomach, and tips of both rear feet.
“Both puppy and crate smelled strongly of parvovirus,” the release states. “Food bowls were found in the crate and the puppy had no collar or microchip.”
Bernalillo County Animal Care Services is investigating, but currently have no leads or suspects.
“The first step is to find out who left this puppy out on the mesa,” BCACS Director Misha Goodman said, “so we are asking for tips from the public. The information they provide could help paint a clearer picture of exactly what happened.”
The release states information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible will be rewarded up to $3,000.