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Who abused this dog?



Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking the public to help them find whoever beat, duct-taped and shot a female pit bull terrier in July.

The dog was found on July 22 by Key Largo resident Daniel Rossler, 52, who freed the animal after finding her abandoned and stuffed in a bag along Gun Club Road, on the ocean side of U.S. 1 around mile marker 101.5. Rossler removed the duct tape from around the dog's neck and snout. He said the dog showed absolutely no signs of aggression once freed. In fact, she stayed by his side while he waited for animal control to arrive.

Rossler drove the dog to the nearby Florida Keys Shooting Club, where a member called both the Sheriff's Office and the Humane Animal Care Coalition, the county's animal control agency in the Upper Keys, the club's president John Sutter said.

Marsha Garrettson, head of the Animal Care Coalition, said it looks like the dog was shot in the back of the head. She was unable to extend her tongue all the way out of her mouth because of jaw injuries, and she was missing her canine teeth. The duct tape was fashioned around the dog's neck in a way that would eventually asphyxiate her.

Nevertheless, she never seemed to have lost her desire for human affection. "She was wagging her tail when she was with us, even after suffering through all that abuse," Garrettson said.

But the dog was also suffering from internal bleeding. She was so badly injured that Garrettson's veterinarians at the Key Largo Animal Shelter determined she had to be euthanized on July 23. 

Garrettson theorizes the dog was used in some capacity in the illegal dog-fighting trade in Miami-Dade County, either as a breeder or as a bait dog -- a dog used for practice by dog-fighting pit bulls.

The Sheriff's Office wants to bring whoever did this to justice.

"Someone has to know this dog and know who the owner of the dog is," Sheriff Rick Ramsay said. "If you know, come forward. This is a horrendous case of animal cruelty and we want to find out who did this and bring them to justice."

Anyone who thinks he or she knows anything about the dog, what happened to it, who the owner was or anything that might help solve the case should contact the Sheriff's Office at (305) 853-3211, said agency spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin. 

Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hotline is (800) 346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com.


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