IMPD detectives seek the public’s assistance in locating suspect(s) in dog abuse case

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect(s) responsible for burning 2-year-old pit bull named “Justice.”

On November 2, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Shelby County Animal Shelter received a call on an injured dog in the area of 900 North and 400 West. An Animal Control Officer was then dispatched to the area to investigate further.  Upon the officers arrival he found that the dog, Justice, had entered a vehicle of someone who had stopped to check on the dog’s welfare.  The officer  then approached the truck and removed Justice which was observed to be a tan male pit bull. The  officer quickly observed that Justice had several injuries that were consistent with being burned on its head, ears, neck, eyes and other parts of its body.

Justice was found to be wearing a pink 1 ½ inch collar with no tags.  The officer then transported Justice back to the Shelby County Animal Shelter. Justice was checked for a micro-chip and was none was found.

On November 3, 2018 Justice was evaluated and transported the dog to Indy Vet Hospital in Indianapolis for further treatment.  Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.TIPS

The Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the person or people responsible for Justice’s injuries, to be eligible email your tip to

*Note: The following link contains images that some may find disturbing of Justice and his injuries. Viewer discretion is advised. 




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