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Mercer County authorities looking for dog abuser

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HERMITAGE, Penn. - Humane police officers in Mercer County are looking for whoever is responsible for the death of a severely malnourished dog.

A worker showed up for her shift at the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage last Tuesday to find a severely malnourished dog chained to a stake outside the front door.

She named the dog Joe. Since he was a boxer, she thought of Joe Boxer clothing.

"Joe was very emaciated and starved and had some sores on him," Angel Campman from the shelter says.

"Joe was a little bit worse than what we thought it was. He did not make it through the night. Everything started shutting done and pretty much failed," Humane Police Officer Tom Swartz says.

Authorities are trying to find out where the dog came from. They're hoping someone will come forward.

"Even if it was somebody that took the dog from the bad situation it was in, we just want to know where it came from. Nothing is going to happen to them. We just need some information to find out what happened to this dog and who is responsible for the neglect and abuse," says Campman.

The shelter is offering a $200 reward and they're hoping more people will donate to the cause.

Humane officers say it doesn't have to come to this because help is out there.

"No matter how bad an animal is, if you found it on the side of the road or even if it's at your house and you can't afford to take care of it, call 911 let them get a hold of us so we can at least try to help you. If there's lack of funds there's always rescues out there," says Swartz.

Whoever let this happen to Joe faces criminal charges of cruelty to animals and lack of vet care.

If you have any information about where Joe the boxer came from call the Mercer County Humane Society at 724-981-5445.

If you would like to donate to his reward fund call the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter.

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