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 abandoning a dog with a large tumor in Cameron Park, Calif.

The Case: On Friday, August 28 at approximately 3:20 p.m., El Dorado County Animal Services received a dog with an ulcerated tumor who had been left in a plastic crate and abandoned in a vacant lot in a residential area of Cameron Park. The dog was discovered near the 3500 block of Chelsea Road at approximately 2:00 p.m. by a neighbor who was walking her dog. The good Samaritan brought the dog to the shelter.

The dog is described as a tan, female Chihuahua wearing a red collar. She had a major tumor near her groin/thigh and was severely overheated, due to the 100-degree outdoor temperatures. The dog had to be humanely euthanized due to her suffering.

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.

Captain Alexis Shaw of El Dorado County Animal Services said: "No animal needs to suffer needlessly as this one did. Abandoning an animal is a crime and the manner in which this animal was disposed of constitutes a felony crime. El Dorado County Animal Services is here to accept all animals if their owners are unable to care for them."

Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for the HSUS said: “This poor animal was locked in a crate and abandoned to suffer and die in the sweltering heat. Hopefully, someone saw something or knows who owned this dog and will do the right thing and come forward. The person or persons responsible need to be caught and brought to justice.”

El Dorado County Animal Services is investigating the case of neglect and abandonment and is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person or persons responsible. Anyone who has information on a possible owner, someone who had a dog matching the description or who may have observed something suspicious in the area where the dog was discovered is asked to contact Captain Alexis Shaw at 530-621-7650 or

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.

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