A $10,000 reward is being offered in San Francisco to anyone able to provide information on who was responsible for stealing a homeless man’s pit bull terrier.
Maximilian was found under a freeway Thursday at around 6 a.m. and was suffering from severe injuries. The dog was approximately 1 to 2 years old, according to SFbay.
“He endured so much abuse that his body was not able to recover despite the vet staff’s efforts,” San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) said in a Facebook posting confirming that Maximilian had been put down. “We are still pursuing leads to find the person who did this to him.”
The SFACC revealed that some of the puppy’s nails, teeth and paw pads were missing, and he had suffered burns from cigarettes. The dog had also been chained to a fence.
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“I can’t imagine who would do this. I mean, you have to be totally without feeling,” Virginia Donahue, Executive Director of SFACC, commented to KPIX.
“His kidneys just never recovered from the beating,” Donahue added.
KPIX reported that the homeless man was informed about Maximilian’s fate, and was present when the puppy was put down.
“Clearly he loved this dog. He clearly loved the dog. It’s just really, it’s heartbreaking. It’s just heartbreaking,” Donahue stated.
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SFbay reported that the man said the puppy was stolen from him early last week.
The SFACC said that they were still pursuing leads to bring whoever was involved to justice. The $10,000 reward was contributed by a charity set up to assist with pet adoptions.
Callers may be anonymous and the reward flier notes that anyone with information should call 415-554-9400.
Photo Credit: KPIX