FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Humane Society of the United States announced Wednesday it is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a person responsible for abandoning a dog in Marion County,

A man took the dog, Winston, to the Marion County Humane Society on July 31. Officials said the man found the dog in a ditch, trapped inside a sealed lunch bag under a large book. Winston is described as blind and elderly.

According to the Humane Society, Winston is in good condition despite liver health issues.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for the mistreatment of Winston.

“Leaving a blind, elderly dog to die in a ditch is a callous act,” said Heather Severt, the West Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “With this reward, we hope that anyone with information about who committed this terrible crime comes forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Marion County Animal Control at 304-694-1200.

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