Note: The photos we are sharing are graphic and may be disturbing, but we chose to run them because they may help identify the culprits, and they show the true nature of this case.
Authorities in Eastern Iowa are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in an animal cruelty case.
Saturday morning, Waterloo Animal Control Officers found this dog starved to death inside a crate full of feces and urine.
It had been dumped on the side of Independence Avenue, off a gravel road leading onto city-owned property.
The dog - a young male - appears to be a Great Dane or Lab mix. It was found wearing a harness, but no ID tags.
Anyone who recognizes the dog, or the crate he was found in, is urged to call the City of Waterloo Animal Control Services at (319) 291-4440.
The reward is being offered by Agape Fosters, an animal rescue group. They can be reached at (319) 239-2268.