Bad news travels fast, especially when a lost dog is found tied to a fence – dead, and believed to have been tortured.
Even as Danielle and Solomon Teran and their family were grieving about the apparent slaughter of their 6-year-old husky, Ryu (pronounced Ree-you), others had heard about the horrific incident at their Falling Waters home in Berkeley County.
And it didn’t take long for one of the nation’s leading animal protection organizations to take action.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation and is asking the public to report related information by calling 304-267-7000.
Reward offerings are determined on a case-by-case basis, but are “typically reserved for the most egregious crimes committed against animals, and where it may aid law enforcement in gathering the evidence needed to make an arrest and successful prosecution,” said Chris Schindler, director of the HSUS Animal Cruelty, Rescue and Response Team, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
“For that reason we felt that a reward offer on this case may aid in finding those responsible for what appears to be a malicious act of cruelty against a beloved family pet.”
Family members have told local media outlets that the dog had been missing since Thursday night when their 15-year-old son made the gruesome discovery last Saturday.
He was reportedly found on their front yard, tied to a fence with a nylon role and had been cut from the sternum down, according to WHAG.
Posting in the Lost and Found Pets Berkeley County Facebook page, Danielle Teran expressed disgust for the way her dog died – as well as her fears about how an individual could inflict this kind of death.
“My dog was killed. And not just killed, he was tortured, cut all the way up his stomach, then hung by his neck on our front gate,” her post reads.
“If anyone has any information on who did this, please tell me. If they would do this to a beautiful, loving innocent do they will do this to a child.”
Others have been fundraising to help with a reward, including Karen Birmingham-Sims, who has received nearly double the amount she was originally seeking on a newly established site slugged Justice for RYU.
Although she was seeking $3,000 on the You Caring site that began yesterday, donations have already reached $6,200.
Word about the family pet has received both national and international exposure, according to the site which has been shared 4,800 times and received comments from nearly 150 people.
Additional information on the status of this case is available on the “In Memory of RYU” Facebook page that now has 6,300 members.
A businessman and fellow animal lover, D.J. Knotts offered on his own to give $2,500 to whoever can help get the responsible individual convicted in the dog’s death.
“As a pet owner, I’m appalled that someone could do this. Let’s get the family some small justice to a huge loss,” his Facebook post reads.