PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Animal welfare workers in Philadelphia are investigating the death of a female pit bull found stabbed with its mouth taped shut inside a garbage bag.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to arrests in the case.

The SPCA says the dog’s remains were discovered in the trash by a passerby Thursday night. The black dog was wearing a black collar and has identifying white marks on its nose, under the neck and across its chest.

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Director Nicole Wilson says it’s concerning because those who abuse animals often commit violent crimes against humans.

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