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$5,000 reward offered for 2 pit bulls slashed, 1 killed, in Va.

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Phoenix recovering after surgery (Source: Humane Society of the United States) Phoenix recovering after surgery (Source: Humane Society of the United States)
Phoenix recovering after surgery (Source: Humane Society of the United States) Phoenix recovering after surgery (Source: Humane Society of the United States)
FORT VALLEY, VA (WWBT) -

The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward in the slashing of two pit bulls in Virginia. One of the dogs is now recovering after surgery, while the other is dead.

The Humane Society suspects the two brutal attacks in Fort Valley and Front Royal are related and are hoping the reward will help lead to an arrest in the case.

Both dogs were found Sunday by passers-by. At 6 a.m. the first dog was found near a Fort Valley home badly wounded with severe cuts to his neck and abdomen. The dog, now named Phoenix, was taken to Charlottesville for emergency treatment. His first surgery went well, but he is still recovering.

Four hours later a father and son fishing on Morgan Ford Bridge in Front Royal followed a trail of blood and discovered a severely lacerated puppy lying by the creek. They took the approximately 5-month-old dog to the Warren County Humane Society who immediately transported him to Winchester for emergency treatment, but the puppy's injuries were so severe that he was euthanized.

"Inflicting these kinds of injuries on defenseless puppies is a truly callous and despicable crime," said Laura Donahue, The HSUS' Virginia state director. "We hope that the reward will bring forward anyone with information about who caused these animals to suffer so terribly."

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the dog found in Fort Valley. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 540-459-6100.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating the dog found in Front Royal. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 540-636-4128.

"Any information would be helpful to the on-going investigation as we have very little to go on at this time," said Major Scott Proctor, chief deputy at the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office.

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