Washington Humane Society Needs Info Re: Dog Found in Dumpster (Now Healing) $2000 Reward Offered


From WHS:

“On February 21, 2015 the Washington Humane Society discovered an adult, male, blue brindle and white pit bull type dog with infected wounds on his front legs; he was in a dumpster behind 351 53rd St. SE. The dog may have been placed there the previous night.

The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $2,000.00 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact

Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department:

Officer Russell
[email protected]
202-723-5730 ext.132
Information will be kept confidential upon request.”

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  • epric002

    people are just the worst. hope they find whoever did this and glad he’s doing ok today.

  • So glad someone found this poor little guy. You can see he is friendly- the tail is wagging in the second photo. Thanks to WHS and its volunteers for taking care of this fellow.
    If I were a dictator, the person(s) responsible for this barbarism would be taken out and shot.

  • This makes me so very sad. Some people are just terrible.

  • Does this look dog fighting related?

  • Flat out sickening and disgusting.

  • Can anyone say dog fighting? A pitbull with infected wounds on it’s front legs…the conviction below from last fall was a few blocks away at 602 46th Pl SE


  • I hope they find him, cover his geitalia in peanut butter, and put him in a cage with hungry pitbulls.

  • I’d encourage everyone who’s upset over this to consider (if your housing situation allows) being part of the solution and signing up to be a foster mom or foster dad! Especially in cases of cruelty like this, often the animals don’t do as well or heal as fast in the shelter. If you have a place for a few weeks (or sometimes as little as a few days) where you can help a pup like this have some quiet time while they wait for their person to find and adopt them, you should try it. I’ve fostered several dogs for the humane society (one got adopted, literally, the day I picked him up, so it could be very short term!), and it feels good, helps the dogs, and makes seeing something like this a little less awful, because now I know the people who are at the shelter looking after this little guy and how awesome they are 🙂

  • I recently volunteered at WHS and was surprised to learn that over 80% of the dogs they pick up and take in are pit bull or pit bull mix. It makes you wonder just how prevalent dog fighting in this city is and we have no idea about it.

    • Considering how often I am approached on walks by shady characters asking whether my pit is fixed/whether I breed her, I’m not surprised.

    • epric002

      dog fighting is certainly a problem here (and lots of places) but not all the dogs that end up in shelters are victims of dog fighting. my experience has been that (currently) the neglected dog of choice in urban areas are pit bull type dogs and the neglected dog of choice in rural areas are hounds/hunting dogs. we fostered 5 dogs last year through WHS and all were pit bull type dogs- i think only 1 of them was known to have come from a fighting situation. i just wanted to point that out to remind people that the pit bull type dogs in shelters are not necessarily “ruined” former fighting dogs. that being said, if you see any evidence of neglect, abuse, or dog fighting, please call the humane society/animal control so they can investigate.

      • Agreed!! Most pits are not used for fighting but are bred for use as status symbols. People who get dogs for this reason often aren’t great about spaying or neutering their dogs, so they go on to have multiple litters. Many of these pups live as strays for a long time, or are sold to people who keep the dogs only as long as they are “cute” or don’t cause inconvenience. Once people learn they actually have to feed the dogs and get them vet care, many just let them loose.

        I volunteer at the WHS and some of the best dogs I’ve ever known are pits that come in as strays.

      • +1 to “the neglected dog of choice in urban areas are pit bull type dogs” and “the pit bull type dogs in shelters are not necessarily ‘ruined’ former fighting dogs.”
        Probably most dogs that are used in dogfighting situations are pit bulls, but that doesn’t mean that most pit bulls are used in dogfighting situations.

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