Polk Co. Sheriff’s Office seeks info on puppy drowning

Published 3:41 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Polk County Sheriff’s office is currently offering a $500 dollar reward in regards to a recent and gruesome animal abuse case.  According to Sheriff Donald Hill, a Polk County resident reported a small transportation-style kennel in White Oak Creek, prompting Animal Control Officer Michael Herman to investigate.

Herman discovered the kennel wrapped and plastic that was torn at the cage door, indicating that the 8-10 week old puppy was alive at the time it was thrown over a bridge into the shallow creek.  Herman described the female puppy as a pit bull mix with white fur that was wearing a clear plastic collar.

Sheriff Hill hopes to bring felony animal cruelty charges to the responsible party.  “We don’t have any leads at this point, unfortunately,” said Herman.  “I just wish that people with information would come forward,” he added.

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is urging those who have information regarding the case to contact them at 828-894-3001, or visit the office located at 40 Ward Street in Columbus.