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February 27, 2016

Reward doubled in shocking animal cruelty case

Dog zipped inside suitcase and left to die in Chester

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A reward of $5,000 -- double the normal amount -- is offered in a shocking case of animal cruelty in Chester. A dog was zipped inside a suitcase and left to die.

A $5,000 reward – double the typical amount – is offered in a horrifying case of animal cruelty in Chester, Pennsylvania.

A young dog was zipped inside a suitcase and left to slowly die.

A passerby notified police earlier this month that a dog’s leg was sticking out of luggage at West 2nd and Pusey streets.

The dog, medium-sized with tan or brown hair, had been dead for weeks or months. The blue suitcase was torn from scratch marks, and the dog's teeth were clenched around an inner mesh liner as the animal struggled to escape.

The words “Cayman Islands” printed on the inside of the bag are the only identifying label.

Rick Matelsky, executive director for Delco SPCA, said: “Let's not let this happen again, and let’s not let this dog die in vain. If you see something, say something.”

The Delaware County SPCA is actively investigating.

Anyone with information about who committed this horrendous act is encouraged to contact Officer Ron Riggle at 610-566-1370 x214 or