McKamey Animal Center is seeking information about a seriously neglected dog, shown in the picture. (Photo: Contributed)

McKamey Animal Center leaders are seeking information about the discovery of a “seriously neglected dog.”

Someone found an “extremely thin and weak” male dog wandering, wearing a blue harness and red leash, on the 2500 block of 6th Avenue Monday, according to an email from the shelter’s Executive Director Jamie McAloon.

McKamey is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved with the neglect and abandonment of this dog.

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“Animal cruelty is a criminal offense in Tennessee and we take these cases very seriously,” McAloon said in the email. “Someone knows who owned this dog and we intend to locate them for questioning.”

McAloon also said that there is no reason for any animal in the City of Chattanooga to have to suffer as there are ample services to assist pet owners who need help.

The dog was wearing a blue harness and a red leash. (Photo: Contributed)

The dog, which the McKamey staff calls Starbuck, also suffered from untreated wounds that were infected and required immediate surgery.

McAloon said Starbuck is recovering well from his two surgeries, but, because of the long-term neglect and food deprivation, his physical condition will take longer.

Cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction for cruelty to animals is a felony.

McKamey is asking that anyone with information call 423-305-6500 or the tip line at 423-305-6508 or email [email protected].

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