By Chris Teale (File photo)
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s animal services unit has put up a $2,500 reward and launched a criminal investigation after a dog was found abandoned and needed to be euthanized.
Officials said a brown and black Yorkshire terrier/poodle mix was discovered August 14 inside a tan crate under a bush along the 800 block of N. Patrick St. The dog was covered in urine and feces and was suffering from dehydration and labored breathing, according to a statement from AWLA.
A couple doing yard work outside their apartment made the discovery and took the dog to a vet, where it was decided to euthanize the dog given its poor health. It was unable to move and had eye infections, among other issues.
As of press time, officials had not located the owner of the dog, which was wearing a collar but no microchip.
Officials asked anyone with further information to call Chief Brian Rees at AWLA’s animal services unit at 703-746-5582 or email email@example.com. The agency has offered a reward of $2,500 for information that could lead to a prosecution.