BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) — Officials are looking for the person or people responsible for killing one dog and severely injuring another. 

According to the Mercer County Humane Society, one of the dogs died after it was dragged behind a car, stabbed and partially skinned. The second dog, Lexi, was severely injured but survived what officials are calling a ‘brutal attack’. Officials said Lexi is currently struggling to regain her mental well-being and sense of safety.

The Mercer County Animal Shelter was awarding $2,500 to the person who has any information regarding this cruel act. Now, (PETA) People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is stepping in and raising the award amount to $8,000. 

Director of the Mercer County Animal Shelter, Elizabeth Morehead, said they were able to find out who owned the dog that died. The owner was reportedly out of town when this occurred and the dog was supposed to be in the care of another family member. They are looking into that situation. 

If you have any information on this heinous act, you are asked to call the humane society’s 24-hour tipline at 304-460-8626. Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies are also investigating the incident. You can call their department with tips at 304-487-8364.