On Wednesday, August 15, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who tied three dogs to railroad tracks in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. Two of the helpless animals were hit and killed by a fast-moving train. One survived (pictured) because she was able to get off the rails and crouch down far enough to avoid the train.
According to Police Lieutenant Mark Ketterer, this horrible cruelty occurred in the historical Tremont area, near the riverfront overlooking downtown Cleveland, where a bridge monitor found the one surviving dog and the bodies of the other two on a secluded stretch of tracks.
The worker told police that he had seen the surviving dog being tied to the tracks and someone appeared to be taking photographs or video of it, but he could not get to the location until after the man had gone and a train had passed, killing the two dogs, the Cleveland Plains Dealer reports.
Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter Manager Lesley DeSouza said Wednesday that, after Friday, which ends the mandated waiting period to allow the owner to reclaim the dog, the survivor will be offered for adoption.
She’s very gentle. She’s playful. She’s about 2 years old,” DeSouza said. “She is amazingly friendly, and she likes to sit on your lap. She’s a lap dog. We’re just stunned that a dog that went through all this so quickly has adapted herself.” She is a mixed breed about 22 pounds and 14 inches tall. The shelter has named her Chessie. She had a pink collar that might indicate that she was someone’s pet, DeSouza said.
“Somebody purposely took these dogs down to the railroad tracks. It’s an isolated area. The chances of being observed are very slim. The remote location without nearby homes suggests the man wanted to harm the dogs without being noticed,” DeSouza said.
PETA Director Martin Mersereau suggested whoever tied the animals to the tracks could “pose a serious threat to all animals — including humans,” according to the Associated Press.