$1,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction in Case of Severely Abused German ShepherdPosted on May 31, 2013
For immediate release
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF
OAKLAND, Calif. — Bay Area-based national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who dumped a severely injured female German Shepherd at the Oakland Animal Shelter Thursday night. An individual was caught on surveillance video dumping the injured dog on the steps of the shelter. Given the dog’s immense suffering and the severity of the abuse suffered, veterinarians are concerned she may have to be euthanized.
Veterinarians indicate that the dog is in so much pain that her kidneys are failing and her other organs shutting down as well. A bungee cord was found wrapped around and partially embedded in the dog’s neck. According to media reports, retired Oakland Police Officer Dave Cronin says it is one of the worst animal abuse cases he has seen. The officer added, “We want someone to step up and have the courage to say that dog belongs to my neighbor.”
Such severe animal abuse could be charged as felony cruelty under California state law, section 597 (b). The maximum penalty for such a crime is three years in prison and, if convicted, the individual responsible for this crime could pay up to a $20,000 fine.
“Horrific abuse like this indicates that an extremely dangerous personality is at large,” said Stephen Wells, ALDF’s executive director. “For the safety of animals, and of our communities, we call on anyone with knowledge of this abuse to come forward. Abusers almost always repeat violence against helpless animals and victimize humans as well.”
If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons who abused and/or dumped this German Shepherd, please contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at 707-795-2533, x1010.
ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit aldf.org.