WCSO searching for owner of abused dog

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A yellow labrador was found July 17 with a carabiner pierced through his neck with a chain attached. A reward is being offered for information leading to the owner’s arrest. (Walton County Sheriff’s Office)

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla., Sept. 3, 2018—Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the owner of a dog found with a carabiner pierced through its neck.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the owner’s arrest.

Alaqua Animal Refuge initially offered a $500 reward in August. Alaqua, through donations, was able to raise the reward to $4,000 Aug. 22.

The Humane Society of the United States announced Aug. 31 it is offering a $5,000 reward in addition to Alaqua’s reward. With added donations, the reward is now at $9,750.

Walton County Animal Control responded to a call for an injured dog that was discovered by a resident on Dogwood Road July 19.

The caller noticed the dog under his trailer but said the dog would growl when approached.

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Nicknamed “Woodrow,” the dog recovered from his injuries and will be put up for adoption when released by Alaqua Animal Refuge. (WCSO)

When animal control officers arrived, they noticed the yellow lab had a carabiner through the skin on its neck and a chain hanging from it.

The dog was immediately brought to Alaqua Animal Refuge where the carabiner was removed and the wound cleaned.

The dog stayed at Alaqua Animal Refuge during its recovery and was nicknamed “Woodrow.”

The WCSO surveyed the neighborhood and attempted to locate Woodrow’s owner.

After exhausting all possible leads, WCSO is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible.

“In releasing the photo of the dog’s injuries, we are hoping a someone will come forward with information,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “These injuries did not happen by accident.”

In addition, Alaqua Animal Refuge is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8186 or leave an anonymous tip by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS.

Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app.

Staff and WCSO release

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