Over $10,000 is being offered to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the heartless, terrible human being that tied three dogs to an Ohio railroad track, killing 2 of them.
NewsNet5.com reported on the tragic event.
Three dogs were tied to the CSX railroad tracks last week in Tremont and left to die, but one survived. Cleveland police now need your help finding the person responsible. Sadly, two of the dogs were killed by trains, but authorities said a small pup survived by hunching down when the train passed over.
Cleveland police say a CSX railroad monitor saw what appeared to be a man tying a dog to the railroad tracks in a remote area of Tremont, Ohio. The man then stood back to take pictures or video of the event. However, he disappeared as the train passed so the monitor was unable to stop or question him.
The same railroad monitor found the bodies of two other dogs that didn’t survive the passing train in the same area.
The surviving dog, named Chessie by shelter employees, was wearing a pink collar, leading authorities to believe she was once a pet. Plus, the 22-pound mixed breed girl is a gentle, friendly little lap dog, happy and well behaved. How the little dog wound up in the hands of a killer is still a mystery.
Since news of the tragedy broke, several businesses and organizations have stepped forward to offer help.
Ed Kotecki III, owner of Kotecki Family Memorials, and his son were so touched by the story, they are offering $3,000 for information leading to an arrest. Additionally, PETA is also offering up to a $5,000 reward to help bring the animal abuser to justice, and the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward.
The little dog that survived is currently being held and cared for by Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View, Ohio. Shelter director, Lesley DeSouza, says “She’s been through enough. She needs a yard and she needs a nice family. She’s very healthy and happy. We’ve given her her first rounds of meds and she’s doing fine.”
The shelter is taking applications for the sweet dog, and will use very stringent guidelines to ensure the dog ends up in a wonderful, loving home. She will be available for adoption this weekend.
Police have asked Tremont residents to help them catch the suspect. If you see suspicious activity near the railroad tracks, call police at 216-623-5200.