NORTH CANTON, Ohio - A non-profit animal rescue shelter is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who allegedly threw a dog from a car.
The mixed breed dog was found around 3:45 p.m. Saturday in a culvert filled with flowing water near the area of Whipple and Wise Avenues, according to Diane Aquino, owner of Jades Rescue . He had a purple collar with no tags or microchip.
Jades Rescue responded to the area after being contacted by a witness who claimed to have seen a person in a white Ford Mustang throw the dog from the car, and then drive off.
"My husband pulled the dog out of the water," Aquino said.
"He only could move his front two legs because he was paralyzed from the mid-section down," she goes on to say.
The Aquinos then took the dog to the veterinarian clinic, where it had to be euthanized due to his injuries.
The veterinarian told the Aquinos that the dog had punctured lungs and had suffered spinal and head trauma, which led to seizures.
The Aquinos said they can't believe how some people could be so cruel to harmless animals. They opened an animal rescue shelter in August last year to help harmless animals. It's located at 1113 Cleveland Ave. in Canton.
The Aquinos said they have been receiving phone calls from people with information regarding the incident. The Stark County Sheriff's Office has also been contacted.