Reward offered in Acushnet animal cruelty case


ACUSHNET, Mass. ( -- A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of the person who threw a 4-year-old Pit Bull over a bridge in Acushnet.

Acushnet police announced on Saturday that Pamela Holmes, vice president of the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford, is offering a $1,000 reward in the case.

The reward comes as the result of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation into an incident that occurred on Thursday.

A witness tells police that a white man in his mid to late twenties threw black plastic bag off of the Slocum Street bridge at about 12:15 p.m. The bag landed on the bank of the river and a 4-year-old female Pit Bull was found inside of it.

Investigators say the dog may have recently had puppies. The Pit Bull had injuries, including dog bites, that police say may be the result of dog fighting.

The man was last seen running into New Bedford from Slocum Street and then south onto River Road. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a gray running suit and black stocking hat. He was also pushing a small baby stroller. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Acushnet police.

Police posted a graphic photo of the dog on their Facebook, to view it: