PETA offers reward to find driver who hit, ran over family dog

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - PETA has increased a reward for anyone who can help find the driver responsible for hitting and running over a beloved family dog in Las Cruces last week.

According to a news release, the organization added $5,000 to the family's $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Officials say the 11-year-old Australian Shepherd was found dead in the driveway of a home located in the Organ Mesa Ranch subdivision on Feb. 16.

According to surveillance footage, the car pulled up to the home when Jude and another dog began barking at it.

The driver abruptly began to drive away when the dogs approached.  As Jude ran away from the car, the driver reportedly aimed for the dog, hit him, and dragged him several feet before driving off.

"This beloved dog suffered in agony after being dragged under a car, and he died alone without his family by his side," PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien said.

The dog's owner, Kellie Curry, created a #JusticeForJude GoFundMe page to help prevent other cases of animal abuse in her community.

"[Jude's] unfortunate and tragic ending should not be in vain," she writes. "We wish that his loss should bring attention to the fight against animal cruelty."

The suspect's car is described as a black Chevy Camaro with a stock spoiler, black rims, and a decal on the front driver's side window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office at 575-525-1911.

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