SOUTHINGTON - Police have released photos of a car believed to be involved in the abandonment of a 6-week-old puppy that showed signs of severe neglect on Thursday.
Police said video obtained by investigators shows someone in a light-colored, four-door sedan dropping a paper shopping bag off on the street in the area of Empress Drive and West Center Street around 11:35 a.m. Police released image stills from the video, asking the public for help identifying the suspect involved.
Additionally, Desmond’s Army Law Advocates Inc., an animal rights group, has offered a $500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Detective James Armack at 860-621-0101.
Information about the $500 reward can be found at desmondsarmy.org.
Police on Thursday said Animal Control Officers were alerted to the abandoned puppy around 12:26 p.m. after a Good Samaritan found the animal, which was lethargic and showed signs of “severe neglect.”
The male mixed beagle was brought to a veterinarian. Police said the puppy is receiving treatment, and his condition is improving.
“He is starting to eat and play,” Lt. Stephen Elliott said in a statement. “He is expected to recover.”
Police said they have received numerous inquiries about adopting the puppy, but he is not yet ready for that because of his health.
Police said they will notify the public when the puppy is ready to be adopted.