ALDF Offers $2,000 Reward to Catch Humboldt Dog KillerPosted on June 2, 2014
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF
Humboldt, CALIF. — Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting and displaying the bodies of two dogs in a remote area near the town of Dinsmore.
On May 19, Sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene next to Highway 36, about 60 miles southeast of Eureka, where two adult pit bulls had apparently been shot in the head and then hung from a tree, suspended by ropes tied to their rear legs. Next to them was a large wooden sign with a spray-painted message, “All stray dogs will die!!!” Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating, but could not find any witnesses in the area.
Under California Penal Code § 597(a), anyone who “maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal” can face misdemeanor charges—one year in county lockup and/or a $20,000 fine—or felony charges amounting to up to three years in county jail and/or a $20,000 fine.
The dogs were found in Humboldt County, where another dog was poisoned with rodent killer, and ALDF is offering a reward in that case as well.
“The cold-blooded killing and total disregard for dogs sickens us,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “But it also indicates that a very dangerous person remains at large, threatening our animals and our communities. It is imperative that we track the perpetrator down and we urge anyone with information to come forward.”
If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons involved, please contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at 707-795-2533, x1010. Tips can also be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.