Police may investigate possible lead in case of dog killed after being thrown over Stark Co. bridge

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A police report is expected to be filed on Monday which could give officers fresh clues in the search for the person who killed a dog by tossing it from a car and over a Stark County bridge.

Diane Aquino, who tried to save the dog on Saturday afternoon, has since received information about a possible person of interest.

She drove to a neighborhood Sunday evening and spotted a Ford Mustang, which matches the description of the suspect vehicle.

"I followed up on a street and I found the white Mustang, so I took a license (plate) and an address," Aquino said.

She plans to turn over the information to the Jackson Township Police Department.

"This isn't going to go unsolved. It won't. I'm not going to let it." she said.

A witness reported that the dog, a shepherd-terrier mix, was thrown from the vehicle after slowing down on an overpass on Whipple Avenue NW near Wise Avenue.

It landed about 15 feet below the bridge in a shallow creek.

The witness asked to use a woman's cell phone, and she called Diane and Ed Aquino who own Jade's Animal Rescue in Canton.

They climbed down the embankment and realized the dog was in bad shape.

"All I remember is his big, brown eyes and his little paws moving," Diane Aquino said.

The couple transported the dog, weighing between 35 to 40 pounds, to Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Doctors quickly realized the 6-year-old animal was paralyzed and had to be put down.

"He had severe neurological injuries. He had spinal injuries. He wasn't able to feel any sensation in his legs," said Dr. Heidi Knoblich.

The Aquinos are offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the suspect in the animal cruelty case.

They said people have been calling their non-profit shelter offering to add more money to the fund.

On their Facebook page, pictures of the dog have been viewed by nearly 200,000 people and hundreds of folks have expressed outrage through comments.

"I don't know why anybody would do that. Just let him go if they didn't want him or bring him here," Diane Aquino said outside of her shelter.

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