Reward of £500 for help identifying woman who dumped dying Collie Cross at Cotswold Water Park
A SUBSTANTIAL reward is being offered to anyone able to identify a woman who dumped a sick and dying dog at Cotswold Water Park.
A reward of £500 collected by a group of people will be given to anybody who can give information which will lead to the woman being caught. A number of others have also made calls to the Standard this week offering monetary rewards.
A Collie Cross, described as “skin and bones” by those who discovered him was abandoned by a woman driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa at Neigh Bridge Country Park on Saturday, September 28 at around 12.30pm.
The dog, named Jim, was thin, flea-ridden and had an open cancerous tumour on his leg as well as other injuries.
He was taken to a vet in Purton but had to be put down because he was in such a poor state.
Animal-lovers across the world have responded to the story in outrage, including Lady Bathurst who said it “twisted her insides” and made her “unspeakably angry.”
Many people are determined to see the woman who caused Jim’s death “named and shamed.”
Karen Carter was one of the first to discover Jim at Neigh Bridge and has since set up a fundraising page offering £500 for anybody who can give confidential information on the identity of the woman. Already the page has received £350 worth of donations in just four days.
“When I originally posted the story on Facebook I never expected to get so much publicity. I originally offered a small reward leading to the identification to the woman but now numerous people have said they want to do the same,” said Karen.
“I set up this page so that those who wish to contribute towards a reward may do so. If the person is not found then the money will be donated to DogLost who have worked tirelessly on Jim's behalf.”
The RSPCA is at the forefront of the case and described it as “shocking.” A spokesman for the charity said: “Despite a groundswell of local support the RSPCA is yet to receive any concrete information on the identity of the woman."
Wife of former Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire Lady Carolyn Elwes has also offered a reward to anybody with information which could lead to the woman being caught and punished. "I think this is a very good idea," she said. "I have a friend who is very upset about this story and I support the idea to give a reward completely."
Visit gofundme.com/4n7h40 to make a donation to the Justice for Jim fundraising page.
Anyone who has any information on Jim’s former owner is urged to call DogLost on 0844 800 3220.
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