The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a puppy and dumping it in a Laurel preserve.
The body was discovered by a dog walker on Friday stuffed in a plastic bag on a trail at Laurel Lake Preserve, SPCA chief Roy Gross said.
The mixed-breed puppy had been shot several times, and the pellets remain lodged in its body, Gross said.
The SPCA is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting and a necropsy will be performed to determine the type of firearm used, he said.
"This is a blatant act of animal cruelty, and we will do everything we can to see that those responsible are apprehended," Gross said.
The puppy did not have a collar or microchip to identify it, and no one has come forward to claim ownership of the animal, the SPCA said.
The person responsible for the shooting, Gross said, could face a felony cruelty to animals charge.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.