A dog was found raped, murdered and hanged from a tree after a sick attack.
The animal had been ‘severely sexually assaulted’ and suffocated before it was left in the branches where a mountain biker found it last Monday in Washington state, USA.
Now a $5,000 reward has been offered for anyone with information about who did this.
In an appeal, animal protection organisation the Humane Society of the United States said: ‘The perpetrators asphyxiated the dog by hanging her from a branch with her feet barely touching the ground.
‘Evidence suggested she was severely sexually assaulted while being restrained.’
They put up the reward, which is twice as large as they would normally offer thanks to a donation from a board member, saying the link between animal and human cruelty is well documented.
Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS said: ‘This is a truly horrific situation in all aspects. To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening.
‘We are hopeful this reward will bring someone forward with information about this despicable crime.’