Weatherford Democrat

October 3, 2012

$40,000 reward offered to find dog torturer

Staff Writer
Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD —  

The reward for a small dog found tortured with her tongue hanging out of her mouth and her mouth taped shut has been upped.

American Dog Rescue Foundation extended $5,000 in additional funds to help the Texas Humane Alliance and the Parker County Sheriff Department with the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tortured Hope. This brings the total reward money to $40,000. However, the additional $5,000, provided by American Dog Rescue Foundation founder and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, is only available through Friday, Oct. 5. Hope was found wandering in circles July 9, her snout taped shut over her swollen, protruding tongue. She was dehydrated and bleeding from severe body cuts. The skin on Hope’s snout has begun to peel from the electrical tape that was wrapped several times around her snout. With Hope’s snout taped tightly shut, she was unable to drink, eat or pant for more than 24 hours in the Texas summer heat.

Frustrated that no one has come forward to date, Benjamin said he has taken out ads across all Parker County newspapers and is hoping that by extending the award to $40,000 until Friday it will help draw out those people who know something.

Following an outpouring of donations from across the world, Bowie Drive Animal Hospital helped care for Hope and she recovered from her injuries. 

Charlie and Kit Moncrief, who owned the ranch property on which Hope was found wandering, adopted the little dog, described as “sweet tempered” by the vet staff.

Anyone with information about who tortured Hope is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-3213 or the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 817-599-5555. Callers to the Crime Stoppers Hotline may remain anonymous.