Emaciated Pit Bull Left For Dead In Suitcase On New York Street, Sparking Manhunt

Authorities are offering a $22,000 reward for information regarding an emaciated pit bull that was found on the streets of New York, zipped inside a suitcase and left for dead.

The pit bull, a three-year-old male, was found by a passerby on January 22, according to the Daily Mail. The dog was inside a suitcase, abandoned in a dumpster behind a housing development at 700 Morris Ave. in the south Bronx. When the passerby alerted NYPD officers, they investigated, and found the put bull’s head sticking out of the suitcase amid the trash.

Though it is unclear how long the pit bull was confined in the suitcase, the animal was unable to stand when it was discovered, and was so starved that its ribs were clearly visible. Matt Bershadker, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, observed that the pit bull appeared to have been deprived of food and water before it was tossed in the dumpster, as if it were garbage.

“Such callous disregard for a living creature is unconscionable, and should not go unpunished,” he asserted.

The ASPCA has since been treating the pit bull for malnourishment, as NBC News reports. Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the organization has been able to raise the reward from the $20,000 they were initially offering in exchange for information regarding the case. They hope that such information will foster an arrest and conviction for the person who left the pit bull for dead.

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The light brown canine has responded well to life saving treatment, and his rescuers have since dubbed the dog Fraggle, according to the New York Post. The ASPCA cautions, however, that it will take months to get the pit bull back to a healthy weight, at which time it is hoped that he will go up for adoption.

Recently, another pit bull sparked a flurry of requests for adoption after its photos were posted online. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the unique dog, named Rami, is a dachshund/pit bull mix. When pictures of Rami were distributed by the Moultrie Colquitt Humane Society, they quickly spread, leading to an influx of requests that astonished the group.

Anyone with information regarding the rescued pit bull is urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers.

[Image: NYPD via the Daily Mail]