In Washington state, a mountain biker was using lonely trails on the Department of Natural Resources’s property, when he was suddenly stopped in his tracks. He saw something hanging from a tree and proceeded with caution toward it, horrified by the unfathomable find. Now, the community is rightfully on edge, as it’s likely a first of its kind find for the area.
It was supposed to be an invigorating afternoon in nature, but the mountain biker took in much more than he was expecting. The trail had been used recently by someone who left an unforgettable scene strung up in a tree in the woods, assuming nobody would see. To make matters more disturbing, there was no way for the innocent adventurist to know if he was still out there alone, or if the person responsible was watching.
After having endured what was later described by authorities as “severe sexual assault,” the body of a dead pit bull was spotted by the biker, hanging from a tree branch. The dog was reportedly raped by a human and still alive when strung to the limb, ultimately suffering a horrific death which was determined as asphyxiation from the lynching, KDVR reported.
“This is a truly horrific situation in all aspects,” Dan Paul said, who is the director of the humane society. They are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of this demented perpetrator. “To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening,” he added.
Desperate for information as to why someone would do this, since it could very well lead to a larger threat in society, the humane society is hopeful that the reward entices someone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest. The financial reward is double that of the average rate, thanks to a generous donation from a deeply concerned board member who is dedicated to nabbing the person responsible for this sick act. Considering the nature and severity of this crime, the FBI is involved in the investigation as well.
At this point, it’s reasonable to wonder if the person responsible has or would harm a human. This crime they committed against a living animal is typically a precursor of a violent act they can and will perpetrate on a person at some point. Mentally stable people don’t abuse, mutilate, and/or sexually assault animals. That’s considered an indicator for what they will inevitably do to a human. This is one of the specific reasons for investigating and taking all matters of animal cruelty seriously. Stopping someone in this stage of their sickness could saves.