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Reward Offered in Anchorage Dog Killing

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a dog in Anchorage, Alaska. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The Case: Anchorage Police Department gives the following account: A dog, who was a family pet named “Snoop,” was found on Oct. 10 with his throat slit and hanging in a tree in a wooded area near 20th Avenue and Rosemary Street in East Anchorage. Snoop was an adult blue nose pit bull-type dog, and his family lived nearby to where he was found dead.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

Michael Haukedalen, Alaska state director for The HSUS said: “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 Investigators: The Anchorage Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP (561-7867) or submit a tip at: www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com. All tipsters remain anonymous.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 240-778-5545, namini@humanesociety.org