Police seek help in pit bull death investigation

Published: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 6:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 6:22 PM

The Hamilton Police Department is asking for the public’s help after a pit bull was found dead in a park during the Fourth of July weekend.

The male pit bull was found dead in Combs Park during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to police. A park visitor found the dog in the Great Miami River just north of the boat ramp along B Street on the evening of July 4.

Two Hamilton officers responded and pulled the dog from the river and examined it. The dog showed injuries consistent with having been in a fight, but no other indications of abuse. The officers summoned a public works crew who recovered the animal and provided for proper disposal.

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HPD and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dog Warden are investigating the circumstances surrounding the dog’s death.

The agencies are asking for help in determining who the owner of the dog is and any information of possible criminal activity involving the illegal fighting of dogs.

A $500 cash reward is being offered for information leading to criminal charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamilton Police Public Affairs Section via Facebook or by phone at 513-868-5811, ext. 2007.