Dog, weighing 13 pounds, found dead between two dumpsters in Syracuse

Animal cruelty investigators are asking for your help to find who is responsible for leaving a young pit-bull-type dog to die of starvation in the Outer Comstock neighborhood of Syracuse.

The dog, named Jax posthumously, was found between garbage dumpsters on Smith Lane on Tuesday, weighing just 13 pounds.

Investigators say he was tan and white, and looked pretty young.

An autopsy ruled starvation as the cause of death.

Now, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

This reward is in addition to a $1000 reward offered by the Cuse Pit Crew.

"This is a very extreme case of animal abuse in our community," said Eric Bernthal, Board chair for the Humane Society of the United States, and a Syracuse native, in a release to CNYCentral. "Starving an animal to death is a cruel, criminal act. we hope our reward will bring forward anyone with information about this terrible crime."

Jax was found near the intersection of Jamesville Avenue and East Colvin Street -- not far from the Syracuse University Hill.

The Syracuse Police Department is the lead investigator in this matter.

Anyone who may know anything that can help, is asked to call the Animal Abuse Tip Line at 315-442-5336.

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