Central New York animal groups have increased their cash rewards for two brutal Syracuse animal cruelty cases, as police continue to search for answers.

The Cuse Pit Crew originally offered a $1,500 reward in an emaciated dog case, but announced this morning they raised the reward to $3,000. The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse originally offered a $1,000 reward in a tortured kitten case, but have since raised the reward to $3,500.

"Donations to increase the amount of the reward have been flowing in," AAGS President Donna Chambers said in a statement on the group's Facebook page. "People are horrified by the brutality of this act, and want the perpetrators apprehended and punished to the maximum allowed by law.”

If you know any information, please contact Syracuse Police Department Animal Cruelty Investigator Tara Kalil at 315-442-5336 or tkalil@syracusepolice.org.

If you would like to donate to the animal groups to increase the reward, donate to AAGS here and Cuse Pit Crew here.

The first case involved an abandoned dog, posthumously named Rex, who was found by Syracuse Police on July 7 near Highland Park. It was emaciated and it appeared the animal was left to die, according to police. The second case involved a kitten Syracuse Police found on the 100 Block of Schneider Street on July 27. It had been severely tortured with its front legs cut off. Neither of the animals survived.


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