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Humane society offers $5,000 reward for information on death of puppy

A Good samaritan rescued the puppy, but her injuries were to severe (courtesy:NBC24.com).

TOLEDO, OHIO (WNWO)-- The Toledo Area Humane Society has saved 1416 animals since the beginning of the year thanks to the diligent employees . But despite their best efforts, not every life can be saved. The nonprofit is offering for a $5,000 reward for a puppy that was badly beaten and died on Friday.

"[There were] kicking the dog around it was described as using it like a hacky sack," said TAHS President and CEO Stephen Heaven,

Neighbors say the incident happened at these New Town apartments near the 700 block of Dorr street . A woman reportedly heard a puppy screaming from her window and rushed outside to the alley behind her house...

She said the kids were treating the pup like a soccer ball with adults nearby encouraging them. Rescuers estimate the puppy was about 3 months. Shew as immediately medicated because of the severity of her injuries: a broken back, ribs and fluid in her lungs. Rescuers worked around the clock but she took a turn for the worse.

"They were hoping that it would heal on it's own but she went into respiratory distress and died later that night," said veterinarian Anna Brown.

The $5,000 will be paid on conviction of the offender. Whoever is responsible for the puppies death injuries could face animal abuse charges, up to a 5th degree felony.

Michigan State University will conduct a necropsy on the puppy's body to determine the full extent of her injuries.

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