DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. -- A reward has been offered after a family says someone tied their dog to a truck and dragged it down the road.
The family says their dog Rebel was taken from his yard May 21 and dragged for a half mile near Lee Road and Byhalia Road.
The dog was reportedly able to get his head out of his collar and escape.
Rebel has what are described as deep abrasions to his underside, side, and legs.
His owner says his jaw was ripped open and lost the pad to his right front foot resisting the road.
A group called In Defense of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
"Whoever removed Rebel from his yard to drag him on the road could face charges for animal cruelty, with a fine of up to $2,500 and six months incarceration, and also larceny or grand larceny for the dog nabbing, with fines of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence up to 10 years."
A spokesperson for In Defense of Animals says this is the third dragging incident in Northern Mississippi in recent months.
It is possible someone did this as a personal attack on Rebel's owner according to the group.
Anyone with information related to this crime may contact In Defense of Animals anonymously at (415) 448-0048 or contact Chief Investigator Hutchins of the Desoto County Sheriff’s Office (662) 469-8027.
For more information, please visit www.idausa.org