Animal welfare authorities in Michigan were looking for those responsible for maiming a dog found near Livernois and Warren on Detroit’s southwest side. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) said they received a call Tuesday from a “concerned citizen,” who saw the dog in the area with its nose and ears cut off and “could discern its severe wounds.”

“The MHS rescue team raced to the site, found the Rottweiler mix and rushed him back to MHS’ Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit. Once there, the shelter’s veterinarian staff immediately began assessing the animal’s injuries and working to make it comfortable,” MHS wrote on their website.

MHS released a photo of the brown and tan Rottweiler, who had its nose and ears cut off, on their  Facebook page.

The abuser also lacerated its tail and back legs, according to MHS.

The Society is offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever hurt the dog. Photo: The Michigan Humane Society

Investigator Mark Ramos said the act was done purposely and the maiming has caused the dog “a great deal of suffering,” concluding “this animal deserves justice.”

Ramos continued: “This kind of cruelty is unacceptable. We need to be a voice for these animals and as a community we need to speak through our strong actions to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Users on social media were livid about the gruesome incident, and many were asking if the dog would be up for adoption. MHS said due to the severity of its injuries, they were unable to determine when that would happen.

MHS was offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever hurt the dog.

Anyone with information about this incident has been asked to contact the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department at (313) 872-3401.

MHS told the International Business Times that “given his situation” the dog was “doing well.”

In 2011, there was a total of 1,423 U.S. animal cruelty cases. Of those, there were 70.1 percent that involved dogs, 20.9 percent involved cats and 24.1 percent included other animals, according to

The FBI created a new way to track animal abusers last year by adding cruelty as a category in the Uniform Crime Report, a nationwide crime reporting system usually used in homicide investigations. The data generated from the system would be used to help create a clearer picture of animal abuse and guide strategies for intervention and enforcement, according to the Humane Society. The system has also tracked acts of animal cruelty, such as gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse.