Reward increased for information on injured pit bull

4 weeks 38 minutes 6 seconds ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
By: Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Courtesy Humane Society of Missouri

COLUMBIA - A cash reward has been increased for anyone with information on an injured three-month-old pit bull in St. Louis.

The Humane Society of Missouri announced Tuesday that the reward for anyone who can point the way to the person(s) who hacked off the puppy's ears has been increased to $4,000.

Humane Society President Kathy Warnick said the organization has received several tips in the past week, none of which have led to any arrest.

"Someone knows how this happened. We are hopeful increasing the reward will encourage persons with information to come forward so that no other animals suffer from such needless cruelty," she said.

The previous reward was $2,500, first announced last Wednesday.

The three-month-old pit bull named Gloria was first found bleeding from her ears after being dropped out of a car near Riverview, MO.

Both of the puppy’s ears had very jagged, open, bleeding wounds in what appeared to be a cruel, amateur attempt to crop the animal’s ears, according to Dr. Mark Wright, director of shelter medicine.

Gloria underwent surgery Monday to help close the wounds to her ears and neck. She also began daily laser therapy treatments Tuesday to promote the healing process.

With the exception of disfigured ear flaps, doctors are confident she will make a full recovery.

Anyone with information about Gloria's injuries is asked to call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400.

Updates on Gloria's recovery and a special adoption application are available at www.hsmo.org/gloria.

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