Reward for Info on Upper Darby Dog Abuser Jumps to $7K

Layla and Gracie are looking much healthier and happier since they were found close to death in a park last week.

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L: Layla, R: Gracie | Photos courtesy of Justice Rescue

Remember the two sweet pups that were found close to death in Upper Darby last week?

Reward money offered for information leading to an arrest of whoever abused the dogs has now climbed to $7,000. And according to Justice Rescue, the Chester County-based shelter that rescued the pups, both of them are expected to recover. 

Justice Rescue founder Russ Harper said police found the dogs in critical condition in Penn Pines Park on September 4th. One of the dogs, Gracie, had fresh bite marks in her neck, could not walk and was hardly responsive when she was discovered, Harper said.

Now, Gracie has gained about eight pounds – and she can finally walk again.

The shelter said people have tuned in from around the world to watch and support Layla and Gracie’s recovery, including the Humane Society of the United States, which increased the reward money by $5,000.

Harper said the shelter and Upper Darby police continue to investigate several potential leads into whoever mistreated the dogs.

He hopes to eventually put Layla and Gracie up for adoption – but in the meantime, he said, the shelter will continue to update people on their progress and encourage people to keep fighting animal abuse.

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