People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward to help solve a brutal case of animal cruelty in Plantation.
PETA is hoping the reward will help catch a suspect who left a dog wandering with severe injuries to its mouth after its muzzle was tied shut.
The dog, a pit bull mix named Princess, was found in the 7000 block of W. Sunrise Boulevard on July 18. The dog was muzzled so tightly that a thick rubber band had cut through the flesh around her mouth down to the bone, leaving her with severe injuries to her jowls and tongue.
Police said Princess had a collar with tags, and her owner was found in Lauderhill. The owner said Princess had run away from home on July 12 and that attempts to find her were unsuccessful, even after posting an ad on the internet on July 14.
The day before Princess was found, on July 17, a 911 caller reported seeing a man abandon a dog near the Florida's Turnpike overpass on W. Sunrise Boulevard, police said. The dog matched the description of Princess.
Police said it's estimated Princess' mouth was bound for between 4 and 14 days.
"Someone in the Plantation area was cruel enough to strap this dog's mouth shut and leave her for dead on the side of the road—and that person is dangerous," PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien said in a statement. "PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward now, before anyone else is hurt."
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.