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Money reward offered in search for owner of dog found with zip-tied neck, swollen head

A reward of up to $7,500 is being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Animal Enforcement Unit is asking for help in finding the owner of a dog found with a zip-tie around its neck.

According to the sheriff's office, the dog was found Saturday roaming around the 16000 block of Blair Avenue in Brooksville.

The pit bull mix had a large zip-tie fastened around his neck which caused the dog's head to "swell considerably," deputies explained.

Authorities say it took animal enforcement officers three days to successfully locate and capture the dog to remove the zip-tie.

The dog was transported to Hernando County Animal Services where deputies say the swelling got better following treatment.

PETA is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $5,000 reward.

Anyone with information on the dog's owner is asked to contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830.