An older black Labrador mix found tied to a rock in a Bucks County creek has captured the hearts of animal lovers as police try to find who left her to drown in a rising tide.

Wyatt Erb first spotted the dog late Saturday afternoon while on a walk with his wife, Diana, on Inner Road in Bristol Township. The dog appeared to be calmly lying by the edge of Neshaminy Creek.

The dog wore a collar, but no owner was in sight.

"As soon as I looked at her, there was that look in her eye of 'please help me,' " Erb said. He jumped down the six-foot embankment and into the shin-deep muck.

A leash, which had been pushed into the soft river bottom, was tied to a large rock.

"Basically, when the tide came in, the poor dog would have drowned," he said.

The couple were able to push the dog up over the embankment. They gave her water and waited for animal control.

"She is a sweetie, a great disposition," Erb said. "I didn't understand how someone could do that."

"They deserve a lot of credit," Bristol Township Animal Control Officer Tom Morris said of the couple.

The dog, aptly christened Brooke by the Bucks County SPCA staff, has drawn the attention of animal lovers across the county who are calling and faxing in adoption applications and donations for her care, said Anne Irwin, executive director.

Brooke, who was seen by veterinarians at CARES, a veterinary specialty hospital in Langhorne, has long-term ear and eye infections, a grapefruit-size tumor on her hind foot, and is seriously underweight, Irwin said.

Morris said police were investigating how the animal came to be in the creek. If the dog was deliberately tied to the rock, someone could face criminal charges, he said.

PETA is offering up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bucks County SPCA humane officers at 215-794-7425.

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