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SPCA investigates dog tossed in Hudson

NEWBURGH – The Humane Law Division of the Hudson Valley SPCA along with Newburgh City Police are investigating the dumping of a pit bull dog in a plastic bag in the Hudson River.

The dog was believed to have been alive when thrown in the river, said Chief Humane Law Enforcement Office Gene Hecht.

“It’s horrible,” Hech said.  “The only thing I could think of possibly is dog fighting. I don’t think anyone else would get rid of their dog that way. It’s just absolutely ridiculous. It would be like putting a little kid in a bag and throwing your kid in the river, tying it so they can’t get out. It’s a horrible, horrible death.”

This is the second incident in a week that a dog was thrown into the Hudson tied in a plastic bag, Hecht said.

This latest dog was found Thursday off the shore near Torches restaurant.

The Hudson Valley SPCA has already collected about $2,500 in donations on their website for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever committed this crime.