CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Animal Protective League has doubled its reward to $4,000 for information about three young men accused of kicking and beating a stray dog with bricks and sticks.
"This is so unimaginable. He is just the sweetest boy," said Cleveland APL President and CEO Sharon Harvey.
Around 1 p.m. March 9, a witness reported seeing three African-American men, between the ages of 16 and 20, taking turns kicking and beating a dog with bricks and sticks at the corner of East 111th Street and Superior Avenue, according to the APL.
A witness reported seeing three African American men, between the ages of 16- and 20-years-old, taking turns kicking and beating a dog with bricks and sticks. One wore a black hoodie with a Nike logo and black sweatpants, one wore a khaki-colored hoodie and jeans, and another wore a grey winter hat and a North Face fleece.
To make matters worse, veterinarians believe the dog, who they've named Indiana Bones, had already been hit by a car.
"Just beating a defenseless animal to start with is bad enough, but now take that animal and it is even more defenseless and already wounded and injured," said Harvey. "Right now his spirit is wounded, his trust has been broken and, yet, he just still wants love."
Workers believe Indiana Bones is about 1-year-old. He's a white and fawn-colored bully breed mix who didn't have identification or a microchip.
Because of the extent of his injuries and the surgeries he needs, Harvey said it could be a couple months before Indiana Bones is available to adopt. Because of donations to the APL's Second Chance Program, Indiana Bones is getting all of the specialized surgical, medical, and rehabilitative care he needs.
The APL said there are questions about whether or not this case would fit into the newly created Goddard's Law. If it does, the suspects face up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Investigators said one of the men suspected of beating Indiana Bones wore a black hoodie with a Nike logo and black sweatpants, one wore a khaki-colored hoodie and jeans, and another wore a grey winter hat and a North Face fleece.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident or the identity or location of the suspects to call the Cleveland APL hotline at 216-377-1630. A $4,000 reward is now being offered to the first person who provides information that leads to an arrest.