$1,000 reward offered to find the person who abandoned this dog in the woods at the Jersey Shore

BARNEGAT, NJ – The Associated Humane Societies at Popcorn Park is offering a $1,000 reward to find out who abandoned a dog in a wooded area near a local gun club.

According to AHS, on Monday, December 28th, the rescue facility received an animal control call for an abandoned dog in Barnegat.

“Our ACO, Maria Cymanski, was dispatched to the scene located in the area of 1450 West Bay Ave. where a young female Siberian Husky mix was left in a crate in a wooded area near a gun club. A man spotted the crate as he was leaving the club and went to investigate,” AHS said. “He found the dog had broken out of the crate and was running around it with a leash attached to her. He secured her back in the crate, moved the crate out of the woods and waited for our ACO to arrive.”

Shelter workers could not identify the dog.

“The Barnegat Police Dept. and the Humane Law Enforcement Officer for Barnegat were alerted to the situation and Maria brought the dog back to our facility in Forked River. The dog was wearing a pink collar but did not have any tags nor was she microchipped. She was checked out in our medical department and given all the necessary vaccinations,” AHS said. “We can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind when they commit such an act of cruelty toward a helpless animal. How someone could lock this dog in a crate, leave her in a rural, wooded area, and turn their back on her and walk away is beyond us. We hope to find the person responsible for this cruel act and we are offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible. Please email the Barnegat HLEO at: palasits385@barnegatpolice.us with any information.”

She now has a name and while not currently available for adoption, AHS is accepting donations.

“We have named her Ginger, and she is an incredibly sweet, friendly, happy dog. She is full of energy and life, and she loves people and is so forgiving. Ginger is not currently available for adoption, as she is on a stray-hold. When she does become available, she will be posted on our Facebook page: Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, our website: www.ahscares.org, and all adoption websites,” AHS said. “We are not taking applications for her in advance. If you’d like to donate toward the care of Ginger, and the many others like her that come to us in need, please donate to our ResQ Fund at www.ahscares.org.”