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Monroe County animal shelter offers reward in case of dogs found in garbage bags

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:46:38 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 04 2013 04:02:51 PM EST

Animal cruelty case shocks animal lovers in Poconos


The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County is offering a $500 reward for information about two dogs, one emaciated and one dead, found in garbage bags.

The Stroud Area Regional Police said two dogs were found in plastic bags earlier this week in a wooded area near the A.W.S.O.M Animal Shelter in Stroud Township.

The shelter said a Good Samaritan was biking in the area on Sunday afternoon when they caught a glimpse of a moving garbage bag. An emaciated dog was inside.


The shelter believes the hound is anywhere from nine to 12 months old.

The shelter named the hound Destiny, confident she will recover.

Destiny was taken to a foster home where she will be isolated from other animals.

When investigators revisited the scene where the hound was found on Monday, officials discovered another black bag. An autopsy is being performed to reveal the Yorkie's cause of death.

Investigators said the person responsible could face serious animal cruelty charges, but officials are still working to determine who is accountable.

The shelter said investigators collected the trash bags to take fingerprints.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact police at (570) 421-6800.

Officials at the animal society say they have not received any tips yet.