"Truly horrific situation:" Dog found raped and hung from tree

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. – The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whomever raped and killed a dog in Thurston County, Washington.

According to a press release, a mountain biker was cycling on Department of Natural Resources property on Monday and came across the dog  hanging from a tree.

The dog, described as a pit-bull type, died of asphyxiation from being hung from the tree with its feet barely touching the ground.

There was evidence that the dog had been “severely sexually assaulted” while it was restrained.

“This is a truly horrific situation in all aspects,” said the humane society’s Washington director, Dan Paul. “To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening. We are hopeful this reward will bring someone forward with information about this despicable crime.”

The FBI is involved with the investigation. The reward is double the society’s standard award because a board member donated extra money.

If you have any information about this, call officer Erika Johnson at 360-352-2510.