MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The SPCA of Westchester has doubled the reward for information regarding the person responsible for allegedly starving three dogs to death in Mount Vernon.
On Friday, March 24, officials from the Mount Vernon Police Department and Mount Vernon Animal Shelter received an anonymous call about three dogs that were being abused on the 200 block of South First Avenue.
Two of the dogs were removed from the property before law enforcement could arrive, the SPCA said in a statement. The third puppy, a male pit bull who was just months old, was “essentially skin and bones,” according to the SPCA.
The New York State Humane Association initially offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible. Over the weekend, that reward was doubled to $2,000 after a private contribution.
Anyone with information can contact the SPCA’s confidential hotline at (914) 941-7797.
“Crimes of this nature against innocent animals make us at the SPCA of Westchester incredibly angry and sad. The pain and suffering endured before the starvation process ends in death cannot be justified,” Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester said. “We ask those who know something to say something, in this case, and any other act of cruelty against animals.”