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 by hanging her by the leash in a tree in Sacramento.

The Case: On Friday, January 19, The Sacramento Police Department received a call from a citizen walking along the bike path in the 5000 block of Riverside Blvd. The caller reported seeing a deceased Chihuahua terrier mix. The dog was estimated to be approximately four months old and was dark gray and black in color. Based on the suspicious circumstances and visible trauma noted by the animal control officers, police opened an investigation.

Radiographs and a necropsy confirmed that the puppy endured extensive and brutal trauma prior to her death. She sustained numerous fractures.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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.

“The brutal killing of this defenseless animal is shocking,” said Crystal Moreland, the HSUS’ California state director. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: The City of Sacramento Animal Enforcement is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 916-443-HELP or Jace Huggins, chief animal control officer, at 916-808-5855.

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 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, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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