There is a special place in “some place very hot” for the person who harmed this innocent dog, but for now, a hefty reward is being offered in hopes of tracking this “monster” down. (Sorry, can’t keep my personal feelings out of this one.)

Puppy in triage (Photo courtesy: SPCA)

The initial $5,000 reward offered by the Houston SPCA has now doubled, thanks to an anonymous animal lover who raised the reward to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who tightly wrapped an elastic hairband around the snout of a puppy last month.

Puppy in surgery (Photo courtesy: SPCA)

The 3-month-old Shepherd mix, now named “Sharky,” is currently in a foster home and doing well after he underwent a three-hour surgery on October 25 by Houston SPCA veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Shipley.

Post surgery (Photo courtesy: SPCA)

Sharky was discovered in a north Houston parking lot near the Gulf Freeway and West Road on October 23 before a Good Samaritan brought him to the animal protection organization for care.

Update: 12 weeks (Photo courtesy: SPCA)

The good news is Sharky is recovering well and flourishing, but the person(s) who harmed him needs to face the consequences.

On the road to recovery (Photo courtesy: SPCA)

Animal cruelty is punishable by Texas penal code 42.09, cruelty to non livestock animals, and could lead to a fine and jail time, which is determined by a judge.

Anyone with information about this case should call 713.869.7722.

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