A pit bull discovered by animal welfare authorities on Monday was stabbed and left to die in the street, and now humane law enforcement is asking for the public's help finding those responsible.
The dog, a female pit bull-type breed who has been renamed "Woobie," is recovering after she was discovered by the Fern Rock train station suffering from internal bleeding, trauma to her lungs and multiple stab wounds on her rib cage, the PSPCA said on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a $1,700 reward was offered for information leading to the discovery of whoever stabbed and abandoned Woobie, courtesy of the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs, which paid for the surgery that saved Woobie's life.
“The details of what happened to Woobie are still being revealed. We know that there are people out there who know this dog,” PSPCA Director of Huma ne L aw Enforcement Nicole Wilson said. “Cases like this don’t usually stop with one victim unless someone steps up and says something. We know you are out there. You saw something; now say something.”
Woobie was reportedly discovered by a good Samaritan walking their dog around 7:45 a.m. on Monday near the Fern Rock Broad Street Line SEPTA station in North Philadelphia.
Believed to be a 1- to 2-year-old pit bull mix, Woobie was picked up by the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT Philly), transferred to the PSPCA for evaluation and is currently being cared for at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital through the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs Program.
The PSPCA is asking anyone who recognizes Woobie, knows the owner, or may have seen her being dumped near Fern Rock to call the humane law enforcement tipline at (866) 601-SPCA.
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