Dog rescued from water. (Submitted photo)
Reward offered in dog cruelty incident
A $500 reward is offered for information leading to person responsible for shooting and throwing dog off the Bayou Des Cannes bridge on the old Basile Highway about 4 p.m. June 1.
The reward is offered by the Humane Society of Louisiana, which reported the incident.
Briana and Dylan Medlin, a married couple, and their cousin, Logan May, were paddling in their canoe when “they saw an elderly man pull over and park a white GMC or Chevy truck. He exited his truck and proceeded to walk up to the top of the bridge on Bayou Des Cannes ...”
The Humane Society news release stated, “The canoeists waved and gave a friendly hello. Once at the top of the bridge, the man then scruffed the neck of a small dog and hurtled him over the bridge! Against all odds, the dog was able to survive the initial plunge and swam to a nearby embankment. Once there, the dog, a rat terrier, saw the Medlins in their canoe and swam toward them! The trio was able to lift the dog safely out the water and place him between them. They headed home to comfort the terrified dog.
The news release continued, “Fortunately, Briana is a vet technician and works at the Eunice Animal Hospital; she brought the little dog to the clinic where he was x-rayed and found to have a pellet lodged near his groin area. A veterinarian safely removed the pellet.”
Anyone with tips or leads are encouraged to call the Humane Society at 901-268-4432.
Jen Shaw, a volunteer with the Mamou Animal Shelter and a long-time animal rescuer, agreed to foster the dog, whom she named Timex, until someone adopts him. Timex appears to be about 2-years-old.
According to Ms. Shaw, Timex was traumatized at first, terrified to leave her side, but is now doing much better, willing to walk on a leash and loves being held and cuddled. Fortunately, Timex is expected to make a full recovery. Those wishing to adopt Timex may call Ms. Shaw at 337-603-5654.
Those wishing to contribute toward Timex’s care can donate online at www.humanela.org or send a check or money order to The Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax deductible.