A Mossy Head, Fla., family lost their beloved dog in a heinous case of animal cruelty, and today, they search for answers, and justice.
The dog, a two-year-old Rottweiler named "Helo," was stolen from his family's fenced-in yard in the early morning hours of Sept. 12.
According to his guardian, Jessica Austin, Helo's mutilated body was found two days later by an individual on horseback.
Today, there is no closure for the grieving family - someone out there stole their dog and proceeded to torture and kill him. When the young dog was found, it was apparent that he had been strangled, castrated and shot through the neck.
The case is under investigation by the Walton County Sheriff's Office and there is a $5,000 reward offered by the Humane Society of the United States - unfortunately, as of now, there are no solid leads.
A petition, asking for stronger penalties, and an animal abuse registry, has also been created in the wake of Helo's death; to date, nearly 5,000 people have signed.
Follow the Justice for Helo Facebook page here.
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