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Facebook page hopes to get justice for a dog killer

HAMILTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A growing reward today for the information that leads to a dog killer and gets justice for Junior.

A pit bull was found dead in the Great Miami River near downtown Hamilton, shot and scarred, its body broken. Now there are questions about whether it was part of an underground dog fighting ring. "It's heartbreaking and it's just horrible," says animal rights advocate Tara Simpson. "I was horrified when I saw it. If somebody can do that they can do that to a human as well."

Tara Simpson is an animal rights advocate who started the Facebook page, Justice for Junior, the Hamilton river dog. Junior is the name given to the dog which is now receiving an outpouring of love. "I think about what that dog could have been if he was placed in the right home and had the right people looking after him. He could have been a well behaved sweet loving dog like most pit bulls are"

"At first I was a little disturbed because they were graphic pictures and it leads to a sad ending for a dog that didn't deserve that kind of demise." Max Webster is with the local pit bull advocacy and rescue group, Cincinnati Pit Crew.

He says the horrific injuries the dog suffered suggest it may have been used in a dog fighting ring. "There was scarring about the face and the chest which is typical of a dog that was used for fighting or a dog for bait. Maybe the dog wasn't a good fighter but it was used for a bait dog."

Since the Facebook page went up Wednesday, it has received nearly one thousand likes. There have been posts from all over the country as well as great Britain. All want justice for Junior. "I can just feel the love from all of the animal lovers even people who aren't in the animal world are stepping up and trying to do what they can to cross-post. It's very overwhelming but it's exciting"

Click here to see the Justice for Junior, the Hamilton river dog Facebook page

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