A beloved family dog was found with his throat slit and hanging from a tree – and now the Humane Society is offering a large cash reward to help solve this heinous crime.
The Humane Society of the United States announced today that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for killing this dog. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
The dog, named “Snoop,” was a pit bull who shared his home with his family in Anchorage, Alaska. According to the Anchorage Police Department, Snoop was found on Oct. 10 with his throat slit. He was hanging in a tree in a wooded area near 20th Avenue and Rosemary Street in East Anchorage – not far from where he had lived.
According to the HSUS, animal cruelty must be taken seriously – and getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is essential in protecting the community. There is an established connection between cruelty against nonhuman animals and cruelty against humans.
A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department revealed a “startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.” Of those who were arrested for animal crimes, 65% had also been arrested for battery against another person (Degenhardt, 2005).
In one study, 46% of multiple murderers admitted to committing acts of animal torture when they were adolescents (Cohen, 1996).
Michael Haukedalen, Alaska state director for The HSUS, stated:
Snoop was a family pet who went missing a week before this grisly discovery. We hope the community will respond to our reward to ensure that anyone responsible for this terrible crime is brought to justice.”
The Anchorage Police Department is currently investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP (561-7867) or submit a tip at: www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com. All tipsters remain anonymous.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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