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Dog drowned in Clackamas River, reward on suspect increased to $1,000

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CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Someone drowned a dog in the Clackamas River in mid-December, and the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is offering a $1000 reward for information on whoever committed the crime.

OHS was originally offering $500, but upped that on Friday.

The dog, a young female short-hair Chihuahua, was found in the river near the Carver Bridge.

Officials said she was found on December 18, locked inside a plastic pet carrier that was submerged near the park’s boat ramp. The dog appeared to be recently deceased, the humane society said.

"The speculation is that it was placed in the water by somebody on that boat ramp or it could have been thrown in the water from the Carver Bridge itself," said David Lytle, spokesman for the Oregon Humane Society.

According to OHS, she had a collar but no ID tags or microchip. She was in good health and had well-groomed brown fur with black markings and a black muzzle.

In Oregon, it is a felony crime to place a live animal in a waterway with the intention of killing the animal, OHS said.

"If you can't care for your pet, contact a shelter, get help -- to do an act like this is such a cruel and barbaric thing, it just breaks our hearts," said Lytle.

The humane society is working with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s Dog Services to solve the dog’s death. They are offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

If you have any tips, call the OHS investigations department at (503) 285-7722 ext. 214 or submit a report online.

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