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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pit Bull Thrown From Overpass Euthanized

POSTED: 4:24 pm CST January 18, 2008

ST. LOUIS -- A pit bull terrier that was thrown 30 feet from an overpass has been euthanized after suffering multiple fractures in both front legs, nerve damage and uncontrollable pain.

"It is with heavy hearts that we report that the pit bull cruelly thrown from the Union Boulevard overpass has died," the Humane Society of Missouri said in a statement.

Humane Society veterinarians made the decision Thursday night after consultation and examination, veterinarian Melinda Fleming said.

"This dog was in severe, nearly uncontrollable pain and it was questionable whether he would be able to walk again. That someone would allow a pet to be abused in this way is unthinkable and heartbreaking," she said.

The organization got a call Wednesday evening from a witness who saw the pit bull terrier and a large golden retriever or Akita mix falling from the overpass in north St. Louis. Authorities believe the dogs were thrown.

The group on Thursday offered $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The other dog ran away but may have been seriously injured, the Humane Society said.

The Humane Society's rescues and investigations team, along with city Animal Control and police are looking for the missing dog. So far, they have no confirmed sightings.

Rescue team Director Tim Rickey said the Humane Society will recommend prosecution of a felony to the full extent of the law.

Witnesses were urged to call the Humane Society or police with information.

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