UPDATE: Reward Offered in Case of Abandoned Puppy in Larksville

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – A playful, mixed-breed pup named “Lark” is like any other dog at Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, except for a scar around the dog’s snout.

Marge Bart told Newswatch 16 that she fears the four-month-old puppy may have been tied up with metal wire.

“‘I don’t know who would ever think to do something so horrible as this to a young puppy, but it does look like they bound his mouth shut with some kind of tie,” said Bart. “He’s a very faithful pup. He’s just as sweet as could be and loving. It’s just sad that he has such unconditional love for whoever did this to him.”

Amanda Walton said the latest case of suspected animal cruelty has sparked a nerve with refuge volunteers.

“It never gets easier. You almost think that after a while of just seeing these things, you’d almost become desensitized, but you just cant,” said Walton.

The pup was discovered two weeks ago by a Larksville Street Department crew on Steele Road.

“That dog would have died that night,” said Jack Elko. “It went down to single digits.”

Bob Cunningham told Newswatch 16 that the pooch was discovered under high-voltage power lines atop Larksville Mountain.

“We just saw him walking across the road here, actually walking back and forth to cross the road,” said Cunningham. “A couple minutes before that, a truck went down over the hill. We’re kind of thinking maybe whoever them two guys were in that truck, probably dropped it.”

A Larksville resident cared for the pup and paid for veterinary bills until giving the dog to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge.

Volunteers said a family has already been selected to adopt “Lark” within the next few days.

For more information or to donate to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge click here.

Meanwhile, Larksville Police are now offering a $900 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abandoned the puppy. If you have information that could help, call Larksville Police at (570) 714-9847.

23 comments

  • Ed

    I hate to even think it is a possibility, but with these type of cases I do hope that there is NOT a dog fighting ring in the area. We rescued an abused dog in the recent past who looked like possibly a pit bull mix, the fact he was abused as a puppy, similar to this poor pup, makes me wonder if inhumane people are making an effort to produce fighters..I hope I am wrong but would like to see some kind of investigation to be sure…

  • ANIMAL LOVER

    WE CAN ALL THINK THIS IS CRUEL,BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO CALL OUR STATE REPS AND LETS START RALLING IN HARRISBURG OR THE WHITE HOUSE.IF WE THE PEOPLE DON’T START STANDINGN UP FOR CASES LIKE THIS AND ALL THE ANIMAL ISSUES WE HAVE IN AMERICA.THEN GUESS WHAT IF WE DON’T START STANDING UP TO THESE STATE REPS THEN THIS WILL KEEP GOING ON.I JUS THOPE THIS SCUM BAG GETS CAUGHT!!!!

  • Scott snyder

    This makes my stomach churn I’ll throw another hundred reward for info leading to the scumbags being caught ! As for that sweet pup if the adopting family doesn’t want him – I do !

  • Kyle

    Ashley, Dogs are more capable of showing love than most humans. In the WILD yes they fight and kill each other over things but that is how they survive in the wild. Domestic dogs on the other hand only hurt/harm each other or humans when it is a learned event. If it is a pit or not does NOT make it okay for a puppy to be tied and left out in cold weather. Humans are the problem we steal, cheat, murder each other over petty things. If you are not an animal person that is fine. but just remember humans are far worse off than animals of any sort. I get your point of helping people in need believe me I do, as I live paycheck to paycheck. But there are plenty of resources out there for people to get help. But remember there are so many people abusing the system that many can’t get the help they need. So again HUMANS are the problem. And I hate to say but you are the problem too. If you can’t have compassion for an animal or any kind you are not as righteous of a person you think you are.

  • Ashley

    There are so many things wrong with your post. You are filled with ignorance. Pits are not bad news, do your research! What is wrong with this country is that it is filled with ignorant, uneducated people such as yourself. Obviously you are not an animal.owner of any kind, if you were ,you would be aware of the emotion that they do express. People like you make me
    sick. I would help a homeless, stranger on the street as much as I would stop and help a defenseless animal! That’s how the world should be!

  • Mary Scocca

    Ashley whether you like it or not an animal whether dog, cat, whatever is a living, breathing body. No thing human, or animal deserves to be harmed by another and I do mean no thing deserves to be harmed. That is assault. I don’t know why you think people do not care about other human beings, but this I know if one does not care for the life of an animal I question their concern for man or woman.

  • Larksville Borough Chief of Police John D. Edwards

    The Larksville Borough Police Department is offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning the puppy found near Steele Road on Larksville Mountain. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Larksville Borough Police Department at 570-714-9847.

  • bezzel22

    Thats heart breaking foreal!! Dogs are big responsibilities, if u cant hack it then dont get one. I can only imagine how the kids are brought up in that home if there is any. Im not ready for children yet , so my dogs are my children and their treated as such!! Sick ppl in this world.

  • donna

    Wow,Ashley you are as heartless,cruel and ignorant as the people who did this to this innocent puppy. Or wait,maybe you are that person,or know them? Hang your head,because you should be ashamed.

  • P

    Wow! After reading that comment, stupidity is on the rise! A human usually starts practicing torture on animals. WHY? Because they feel pain and hurt you dumb @$$! They start with animals then move on to humans. I hope your are reincarnated as a dog that lives in a foreign country where they cage them and skin them alive for the meat! Oh, and they usually torture them for long periods of time so the meat will be tender! Good luck with that moron!

  • Penfairie

    Your comments confirm you are misinformed on sooo many levels. Thank you Channel 16, for reporting on ALL kinds of human interest stories, including those that are animal related.

  • angie

    You are a very sad human being. Dogs are indeed capable of showing love. Unconditional love. And for a human being to be capable if doing such reprehensible things to a dog or any animal gives insight into their true nature and what kind of atrocious acts they are capable if toward human beings.

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