DEARBORN — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly attempting to drown a dog in the Rouge River in Dearborn Heights.
On Aug. 26, the Dearborn Heights Police Department received a tip from an anonymous passerby. The caller informed police that a dog was tied to a rock that had been thrown into the Rouge River in Dearborn Heights, near the intersection of Warren Road and Outer Drive.
Police responded to the scene and rescued the dog, who was muddy but without visible injuries. The reddish-brown and white Labrador retriever-mix was taken to the Dearborn Animal Shelter for veterinary care and eventual adoption.
“This callous act against a defenseless animal is a serious crime, and we’re glad that the authorities are investigating. We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about who may have deliberately left this sweet dog to drown," said Jill Fritz, state director for the Humane Society of the United States.
The reward is on top of the $1,000 reward the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter offered last week.
"Animal cruelty of any kind is deplorable, but this situation seemed vicious in its intent," said Elaine Greene, executive director of the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
The Dearborn Heights Police Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 313-277-740.