ALDF Aids Hunt for Dog’s Attacker

Posted on March 13, 2003

(Omaha, Neb.)

ALDF has added $1,000 to a reward created to help
authorities in Omaha capture the perpetrator of a vicious attack on a
female pit bull. The ALDF contribution brings the reward, dubbed The
Phoenix Fund by the Nebraska Humane Society, up to $6,000. The money
will be given to anyone who comes forward with information leading to
the conviction of the person or persons who slashed a pit bull so badly
the animal had to euthanized.

"When we heard about this case, we were horrified. We knew we had
to help in some way," says ALDF founder and general counsel Joyce Tischler.
"It’s vitally important that whoever did this be caught. We’ve seen
time and time again that people who commit these kinds of brutal crimes
against animals may also be victimizing humans."

At the moment, no one knows the identity of the pit bull or
her owners. The dog was found wandering in northeast Omaha March 1
suffering from gaping wounds to the head and neck. The injuries seemed
to have been inflicted by a knife or some other large blade. Due to the
severity of the wounds, the dog had to be euthanized. An examination of
her body found scars from bite wounds that may indicate the animal had
been trained for dog fighting.

Anyone with information about the dog should contact Officer
Jay Wilson at the Nebraska Humane Society, at (402) 444-7800. The
Phoenix Fund will be divided amongst those whose tips lead to a
conviction for the attack.

The dog in the case was christened "Phoenix" by Humane Society
workers, who hoped to see something positive arise from the shocking
incident.

"As sad as all this is, it has raised awareness about animal
cruelty," says Nebraska Humane Society President Judy Varner. "We’re
pleased to see that a new bill has been put before the state
legislature that would make this kind of despicable act a felony. Such
a law would be a big help in the fight against animal abuse. The bill
is awaiting its third reading. All indications are that it will pass."