UPDATE: Arrest made in animal cruelty case


Officials tell 5 News an arrest has been made in the case of a small, blind dog found in a sealed lunch container in a ditch.

No further details are available at this time.

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering an up to $5,000 reward for information leading to identification(s), arrest(s), and conviction(s) in an animal cruelty investigation out of Marion County.

The society says a dog, now called Winston, was found abandoned in a ditch and trapped inside of a sealed lunch bag that was weighed down by a large book. Winston was rescued and taken to a veterinarian, where he was determined to be in overall good health, despite underlying liver issues.

“Leaving a blind, elderly dog to die in a ditch is a callous act,” stated Heather Severt, West Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “With this reward, we hope that anyone with information about who committed this terrible crime comes forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Marion County Animal Control at (304) 694-1200.