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Reward offered in animal-cruelty case

June 26, 1998

WILLIAMSPORT - A $250 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension or arrest of a man who was seen trying to run over two puppies last Saturday at the Cushwa Basin, said Mark Spier, a park ranger.

"We're still hoping someone saw more than what has been said so far," Spier said.

A visitor at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park witnessed a man drive into the parking lot of the canal's Cushwa Basin at about 2:50 p.m. and take two golden retriever mix puppies, believed to be between 8 and 10 weeks old, out of the truck's cab, according to park rangers.

The man placed the puppies beneath the truck in the path of the tires, got back in the truck, and tried to drive over them, park rangers said.

The visitor started yelling at the man who drove away, leaving the dogs behind, park rangers said.

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One dog was taken to Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital, where it was treated for a sprained leg.

Since the incident, both puppies have been adopted into good homes, Spier said.

Park rangers are investigating the case of alleged animal cruelty. The person in the truck is described as a white male with dark hair, about 40 years old, with a thin to medium build and wearing a white T-shirt.

He was driving a black, mid-sized pickup truck.

Anyone with information may call a special tip line set up by park rangers at 1-301-745-5816.

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