Reward Offered: Dog Tied in Garbage Bag, Dumped in Trashcan (NYSCS Case #2021-A102)

Cash reward up to $500 for information that directly leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the following act of animal abuse. Description below adapted from the SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit.

“Rue”, the chihuahua found trapped inside a garbage bag and abandoned in Elmsford, NY.

On April 29, 2021, at approximately 2:30 pm, employees of a local animal rescue group in Elmsford, NY, noticed a blue plastic storage container at their front entrance. When they opened the secured container, they found a small, brown, female Chihuahua inside. The dog, now named Rue, had chewed and scratched her way through the tied-up garbage bag, breaking some of her nails in the process but luckily avoiding suffocation.

A video camera captured someone leaving the container on April 28th at about 9:30 pm. The dog was trapped in the container for nearly 17 hours before being discovered and somehow survived. The SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement was called in and brought her back to the SPCA’s animal care campus where she received veterinary care and will soon be placed up for adoption.

“It’s inconceivable that someone could do something so cruel to an innocent animal and we can’t imagine how frightened Rue must have been. We are so grateful that she was found before it was too late and that she is now getting the love and care she needs at the SPCA of Westchester” says Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director.

Any information, however insignificant it may seem, could help. Please call the NYS Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-313-TIPS (8477).