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$2K reward offered in Suffolk abandoned dog case

Investigators are looking to speak with this man -- who they are calling a “person of interest” -- in connection with an investigation into a pit bull that was abandned Monday.
Investigators are looking to speak with this man -- who they are calling a “person of interest” -- in connection with an investigation into a pit bull that was abandned Monday.Photo Credit: Suffolk County SPCA

Investigators are on the hunt for a man who they say abandoned a female pit bull behind a Walmart store in Commack and authorities are now offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest and conviction, the Suffolk County SPCA said Wednesday.

Animal cruelty investigators received a call Monday reporting that a dog had been left tied to a shopping cart behind a Walmart store in Commack. The female pit bull was taken to a local veterinary clinic and found to be suffering from a skin disease that was “possibly due to malnutrition,” the SPCA said in a news advisory.

Investigators also said the dog was lactating and they now have concerns about the whereabouts of possible puppies in need of their mother. Authorities said the dog has a “friendly, sweet disposition.”

After reviewing a surveillance video from a nearby store, investigators have identified a “person of interest” who is currently being sought for questioning, according to SPCA Chief Roy Gross. He said the agency is looking to the public to identify the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk SPCA investigators at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.