HARRIS COUNTY, Texas --A female German shepherd that was found on the side of the road with several open wounds and duct tape has been put down. Authorities called the finding a clear case of animal cruelty.
RELATED: Abused puppy trained to help teach kids about animal cruelty
The dog was found Monday afternoon along Rushcreek Drive and Spears Road by a Precinct 1 deputy. The Houston SPCA veterinary team discovered the dog was suffering from head trauma, had her muzzle taped closed and multiple tumors with punctures.
Houston SPCA says it worked to ease the dog's pain but it was determined that she could not be saved.
"Dogs get dumped on the side of the road all the time. Unfortunately the duct tape issue is a rare occurrence and it does happen," Sgt. Christine Kendrick said. "People sometimes will duct tape the dog because they bark too much and things like that but it really causes an extensive amount of damage to the skin and the tissue of the dog. So, it's certainly nothing that's acceptable."
RELATED: Dog found with mouth taped shut recovering from surgery
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston SPCA at (713)869-7722 or Precinct 1 at (713)755-7628.