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SPCA offers reward in death of pit bull Jax

Jax, a 4-year-old, 85-pound pit bull, was found

Jax, a 4-year-old, 85-pound pit bull, was found dead in his family's yard early Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Photo Credit: John Balk

The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible in the death of an Islip Terrace family's pit bull.

The animal protection agency said Tuesday that Jax, a male pit bull, was killed by a pellet shot to the chest.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA said Jax was brought to Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville where a necropsy by Dr. Mark Caporaso determined the cause of death.

"He died from a pellet shot," Caporaso said.

The dog's owner, John Balk, 62, said Jax was let out into the yard at about 9:30 a.m. and found around 10:05 a.m., with "blood coming out of his mouth."

Said Balk: "I just totally lost it."

Gross said the agency is investigating. He said he agency believes the dog was shot, but didn't immediately have details on the type of gun used.

Anyone with information is asked to call the agency at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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