CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a dog multiple times and chaining him to a tree.
Cleveland Heights police continue their search for the person responsible for shooting the mastiff dog, who has now been named 'Forest,' leaving him chained to a tree in Forest Hill Park.
Dog walker Dee Shedlow found him in Forest Hill Park Nov. 26.
Dog trainer Ann Trupo heard the shots fired, but she had no idea Forest was the target.
Forest is recovering in the care of the Public Animal Welfare Society Ohio.
"The senseless shooting and blatant disregard for this dog's life are tragic and, this is a serious crime," said Karen Minton, the HSUS' Ohio state director.
"Ohio remains one of only three states with no first-time felony offense for animal cruelty. This crime should raise awareness that Ohio can no longer afford to be one of the weakest states in the nation in punishing these heinous crimes. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act."
The Cleveland Heights Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (216) 321-1234.