Residents in a neighborhood in Sacramento, California, were disturbed when they happened upon a 4-month-old puppy that was beaten, shot and hanged from a tree.
One resident was walking along a bike path when he discovered the disturbing scene. Chief Animal Control Officer Jase Huggins called it a "horrific" case.
"It's probably the worst one I've seen since I've been here working for the city," he told KTXL.
"From nose to tail, there wasn't any part of this puppy -- about a 4-month-old puppy -- that didn't have fractures somewhere on her body."
Neighbors are now calling for whoever committed the terrible crime to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
"I'm watching everything all the time when I'm down here cause you never know when they're gonna come out," neighbor Steven Beard said.
Investigators even offered a $12,000 reward.
"We have a really high concern when we see this amount of violence perpetrated against a defenseless animal like that," Huggins said. "That that person is capable of committing violence against another person, another child and another animal."
In a similar incident, a $3,000 reward was offered for information that led to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting a puppy in McClellanville, South Carolina. The Charleston Animal Society offered the reward after the 8-month-old puppy, named Buck, was shot and injured severely in its right rear leg.
"Some of the birdshot that tore through his body is still in there, and unfortunately, it will remain for the rest of his life," Aldwin Roman, the Charleston Animal Society's Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach, told WCIV.
Veterinarians ultimately decided to amputate the dog's leg because of a severe infection. The puppy ultimately recovered and was placed in the care of a foster family.
Another disturbing crime against a puppy took place near Houston, Texas, when a dog was found bleeding from its mouth after eating rat poison. The dog was left on the side of the road wrapped in a blood-stained comforter.
"He would have bled to death in a ditch," LaChrystal Ricke, who works with nonprofit rescue organization Reggie's Friends, told the Houston Chronicle.
The dog, named Ricardo, was treated and expected to fully recover -- undergoing both blood and plasma transfusions. A fundraiser was set up to raise money for the dog's medical needs -- which raised upwards of $2,500.
The dog was even given the name Ricardo, after the person who rescued him. Ricke said she was grateful to Ricardo D'Amico for alerting authorities to the dog and ultimately saving its life.