September 14, 2015
Reward Offered in Dog Mutilation Case in Simi Valley, Calif.
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 skinning and stabbing a dog several times and abandoning him in a park in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Case: On the morning of Sept. 7, police were called to the scene where a park attendant had found a deceased, mutilated dog in the neighborhood of Ardenwood Ave. and Charing St. Police describe the dog as an 8-year-old, neutered Parsons black and white terrier mix. Police found a collar, blue with a gold bone tag, near the scene. Police took the dog to the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo. A necropsy revealed the dog was killed by blunt force trauma to the neck, then skinned and stabbed post-mortem.
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.
Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for The HSUS said, “This grisly and heinous act of violence against this poor dog, in all likelihood a family pet, is extremely disturbing. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. The person or persons responsible for this extreme act of violence needs to be caught.”
Bryan Bray, field operations supervisor for Ventura County Animal Services said, “That extreme animal cruelty is a felony crime, and that this is the most horrific scene we have ever seen in Ventura County. Someone capable of this act poses a threat to other animals, and possibly people. We want to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice. If you or know someone who may have information, we urge you to call.”
The Investigators: Ventura County Animal Services and Simi Valley Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Bryan Bray at 805-383-4717, Aaron Ortega at 805-388-4329 or Simi Valley Police at 805-527-2911.
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 National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.
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.
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