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SPCA hopes to find home for abandoned pit bull Rocky

The Suffolk County SPCA is seeking information from

The Suffolk County SPCA is seeking information from the public and offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for leaving a pit bull in the middle of the road on Monday night, Feb. 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Suffolk County SPCA

The Suffolk County SPCA says it is hoping to match up an abandoned dog with "an aggressive personality" with an owner who has a "strong personality."

The dog is the pit bull named Rocky that was found last month on a street in Central Islip with a cable around his neck.

Authorities already are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever beat and tried to strangle Rocky before abandoning it in the middle of a road in Central Islip on Feb. 16.

Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Roy Gross said the dog was found near the intersection of Route 111 and Sage Street.

"The dog needs a person with a strong personality, and no other pets," the SPCA said Tuesday in a statement offering the dog for adoption or to be fostered.

Officials said the dog "does not get along with other animals and has an aggressive personality," but said it wasn't clear if it "was like this prior to his injuries or it is the result of its neurological injuries."

Rocky had been found with "a strangulating cable" tied around its neck, Gross said.

A bloody plastic bag was found nearby, he said.

The dog was taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip, where veterinarians determined the dog also sustained neurological damage, Gross said. The extent of that damage is unclear.

The SPCA is asking anyone with information about the incident to call investigators at 631-382-7722. All calls will remain confidential.

Those interested in inquiring about the dog may also call that number.

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