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A animal rescue group is offering a reward for information leading to the arrests of two men believed to be responsible for leaving a dog chained up behind a Walmart in Roseville.

The dog, a beagle/pit bull mix, was found Jan. 18 with a cable snagged around her body. She was missing half of her back paw.

Guardians for Animals announced Monday the $1,000 reward for those responsible for abandoning the dog, now named Courtney.

Melanie Wittner, founder and director of Roseville's Hopeful Heart Rescue, which rescued the dog, previously said she suspects the cable grew tighter the more Courtney became entangled in it and she chewed off her left back paw to get free.

The dog is recovering from an amputated leg and surgery to remove bones from her paw from her stomach. She will be put up for adoption, Wittner said.

Police continue to investigate to find the two men believed to be in their 20's who apparently abandoned the dog around 7 a.m. Jan. 18. They were captured on a store camera leaving the dog and driving off in a dark-colored Chrysler 200.

Based on the dog's "very friendly" demeanor with the men, Wittner believes they were her owners.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.

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