Police and animal rights activists are seeking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for the starving death of a pit bull terrier found dead in a trash bag in Lowell.
Lake County sheriff's police were called Wednesday to the 10900 block of West 245th Avenue in Lowell just west of U.S. 41 regarding a suspicious bag by the south side of the road.
Officers found a dead, tan-and-white-spotted female pit bull terrier inside. Police said the dog was emaciated and appears to have been starved to death.
The dog was wearing a wide, black collar closed with a padlock.
The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Lake County Sheriff's Department in the investigation by offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starving the dog to death.
Anyone with information on the incident can call the Lake County Sheriff's Department's Report a Crime Hot Line at (800) 750-2746 or Detective Michelle Weaver at (219) 755-3346.