ALDF Offers $2,000 Reward to Catch Humboldt Dog Killer

Posted on June 2, 2014

For immediate release:

Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

humboldt-dog-killer-article-image-500pxHumboldt, 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

60 thoughts on “ALDF Offers $2,000 Reward to Catch Humboldt Dog Killer

  1. Limari Fant says:

    If you do not catch this horrible being, in no time It will become a human serial killer. Already started with dogs, what will happen when animals no longer feed Its needs? You are not only looking at animal cruelty here, this is something much more dangerous. A psychopath or sociopath that has started as usual, with innocent animals and who will very very likely move to human targets if It evolves before captured…

    1. Twelve Score says:

      What if he limits himself to dogs?

      1. alexander says:

        listen to your self limits him self to killing dogs thats exactly the same as saying what if he sticks to beating his kids a monster is a monster and a person who does not try to do any thing is no better.

      2. Lynn T. says:

        Seriously? Disregard for ANY life is disregard for ALL life

      3. Kelley says:

        Listen to yourself… That’s like saying what if he limits himself to raping dogs… Do you really think someone with so little reason and self control could limit themselves to anything???

    2. mike says:

      I can’t believe no one else has mentioned this… But this activity happens to billions of animals every week. Every week. Who cares? I care, and if you cared you’d begin a vegan plant based diet today. Billions of animals each week are killed and hung by their hind legs to be dismembered and sold to you. Complete and utter animal abuse.

      I hope this puts some perspective on your two stray dogs.

      1. Tammie says:

        I have taken a vegan diet for that exact reason..

    3. roxanne reindle says:

      I think whoever did this is a very sick person!!!They
      need a very long sentence. They should treat this
      Like the two dogs were people!!! So Sad…

  2. Linda says:

    I agree with Fant. This kind of mentality belongs to someone with evil in their brain. With that along with no soul, heart, or conscious will develop into a human serial killer.

  3. Linda says:

    This breaks my heart to see how cruel people are these days. I think they must be demon possessed to do such a thing…normal people would not do such a thing…praying they catch who done this and give them the punishment they deserve. Which want be enough.

  4. Judy Flanagan says:

    There is a chance the killer(s) have done similar killings before and it has already escalated to this level. These are already serial killers and MUST be stopped.

  5. Lisa Trant says:

    Agree…amazing how many people see this psychopaths actions as removed from them, but I agree that it is only a matter of time before they look for more challenging victims. I wish law makers were able to think 2 steps into the future too. They wouldn’t take animal cruelty so lightly.

  6. Lisa says:

    My guess is this person or people who are involved have killed before. This is a very dangerous person. The Calif. police need to look at this very seriously & maybe after an arrest we will find out the real truth. Very scary.

    1. Pamela says:

      I agree, this person has killed before and is now stepping it up by taunting. He is saying catch me if you can. My guess is he is young late teens early 20 and has a submissive helper to find him animals. If he isn’t caught soon I feel his next step will be a human.

  7. Kam says:

    Don’t dilute the crime by suggesting they may become serial killers. Isn’t this serious enough already?
    I don’t really care that this person may end up killing humans. I do care that they have already begun brutally killing dogs.
    The brutalization of another being is equally wrong with dogs as with humans. Get it straight.

    1. Michaela says:

      I agree Kam!
      this is just as horrible and evil as with human killings! and I suppose the thought of “that doesn’t mean he will go after humans” might be, well maybe he won’t go after cats, horses, goats, or anything else that is of god’s creatures.

      1. Michaela says:

        it does not matter what being it is.
        This person or people, should pay into an Animal support system (like child support) for several years. NEVER allowed to have fire arms, and NEVER allowed to have animals. also should be on and abuser list, and also monitored for many years or the rest of their life.

    2. I totally 100% agree with Deanna Kelley! Her insight into this horrific act is straight on! I hope officials take notice of what she had to say and get on with it!

  8. Marsha Malesich says:

    I think people should donate to increase the reward money. I’d put in $20. Then when you catch them, I wanna buy the rope to hang them by their heels. Unbelievable!!

  9. carin says:

    I can’t believe the darkness this world has become it sadness. it hurts my heart every time I get on the news facebook look at my email there some loss soul hurting are beautiful animals hurting are children a your family members if it’s not a shooting it’s drinking and driving or drugs or robbery it’s so sad. we as the people of the world got to stop this ugliness love and kindness laughter and feeling safe is the only way why have so many loss there way in the world I don’t understand and I wish we would come to gather make life beautiful the way it should life is so short to have all these going on I am so amazed this is okay with some.

    1. I totally agree with you carin…The world is becoming very dark and some people believe that this is normal for some reason..Thats the scariest part of all..We really need to get back to basics!..SO SAD!!!…):

  10. Grace Garrigan says:

    I hope the authorities are in agreement with all the other posts up here and understand that who ever did this are dangerous people and will kill again if not stopped. At some point it will be a person.

  11. Please capture this killer

  12. Samantha altan says:

    I am disturbed and disgusted any human being can actually do this. This has to stop and hustice nust be served.

  13. Debbie says:

    Chilling. Please find the monster responsible.

  14. tracey chapman says:

    most people with those sick minds do brag off to a mate at some point,or to someone who will be afraid to speak up. theres a high chance this cold hearted thing will be or already an abuser of his family.i believe he is already known to the police for violent crimes

  15. Deanna Kelley says:

    I am an Animal Control Officer in Alabama. Speak with the local Animal Control Officers, this POS has probably complained to them many times about stray dogs being a nuisance (knocking over trash etc..). He probably decided to take matters into his own hands instead of working with officers to humanely trap the dogs and find them homes. Also his yard is going to be “junky”, you’re going to see old junk laying around and pieces of plywood and even possibly cans of paint. He is angry and thinks he had a right to do what he did, he is proud of it and because he is an idiot he has probably told a neighbor who will hopefully come forward. But I guarantee you Animal Control has had run-ins with him. The fact that he used the term “stray dogs” instead of just dogs is also a clue he has been in contact with AC and it also says he knows he may get caught and wants everyone to know he was only going after “strays”. Well, I hope they find the POS and I hope he rots in hell!

    1. Jacqueline says:

      I totally agree. A person of this sort has complained to animal control & there has to be a paper trail to follow.
      With this in hand this can be a lead & then go to their property, look for clues. As you have stated , the wood, paint cans , bullet used to murder this dogs. The neighbors are also good witnesses to these kind of occurrences, someone could have talked, boasted about this event. These are very disturbed individuals , that are
      a threat to society.

    2. Jody says:

      Totally agree Deanna excellent point. Hope ALDF is looking at that. Very smart.

    3. Kim pool says:

      I agree 100%, I too work with animal rescue & this person will have contacted AC several times & may even have spouted that he will take matters into his own hands. His neighbors are probably scared of him & have had run ins with him themselves.

    4. Pamela says:

      Good point, I hope someone in the are will contact animal control

  16. Theresia Sujanti Harsono says:

    Sick people like them should be stay at Jail for long time…

  17. Marianne says:

    This is extremely disturbing. I am hoping and praying they find these sick individuals.

  18. Joe citizen says:

    Just because he killed some animals doesn’t mean he will go after humans. What he did was bad but come on your thinking is just about as off kilter as the man that did this. The comments by Deanna are correct in every aspect. It should be pretty easy to spot this guys home. Just look around in a 10 mile area from the scene.

    1. Michaela says:

      This is just as horrendous, ghastly and evil as with human killings!
      this is a huge red flag for everyone to take heed, and find who did it and take legal action.

    2. Jody says:

      @ Joe Citizen: would you want this person living next door to you? Don’t worry, only your dog is missing, not your 5 yr old kid. Not yet- no worries. Does not matter who he kills- the whole point is this ashole has no regard for LIFE.

  19. Mickey says:

    He should stop while he can, it’s going to get harder now he should wait it out for a bit

  20. Risa says:

    So … rope for hanging; bullets for shooting; paint; presumably foot prints or tire tracks … is there no way to gain a lead from the forensic evidence at the scene?

  21. Laura Porter says:

    Most killers start with animals. This will progress eventually. Please catch this person. There would be a paper trail. Talk to the dogs owners. They would know who had a problem with the poor dogs.

  22. Darrin says:

    This post has been shred on Facebook. It went to a friends page, and there are some people out in this world who see dogs as just dogs. Its a shame really. Any life is no more or less valuable than the next. Life is life. I do hope they find who did this, as well as find any and all people being cruel to animals

  23. Tommy says:

    Slow down, there’s no proof this is a gateway event to killing humans. Then what risk is abortion? Find them, throw them in jail after mafter making an example of them.

  24. Cheryl says:

    I think they should post that pic on a billboard in a prominent place. In big letters, they should say, Whoever did this, don’t sleep, you are next.

  25. JustMe says:

    Some senarios…I wonder if this area is a dumping ground for people throwing away their pets? What this person did is unspeakable- he is either evil to the core or fed up with irresponsible people dumping- or a neighbor who lets their dogs run loose possible killing his chickens.
    Would it be possible that the news could show the animals and give those who maybe dumped them immunity from prosecution to come forward or if they are someone’s pets stolen.

  26. Jill says:

    Shouldn’t we also be looking for the people who dumped these dogs? Shouldn’t there be massive fines for those people too?

  27. Kelley says:

    Very disturbing. The sign might offer a couple of clues. It is disgustingly well done. The spray paint doesn’t drip and the letters are neat and spaced very evenly on the board. The board looks like new sub-flooring. The lines contractors use to line things up are still clearly visible, and the sign maker used them as a reference point. Each new line starts on a mark. Compare this sign to a typical hand painted neighborhood garage sale sign, words not centered, letters of varying sizes, not legible from a distance. This person either spray paints frequently and knows how to letter or is very meticulous. In my local area that blue is similar to the color used to mark where water lines are located. I hope they catch this awful person.

  28. MSG says:

    This person/people are evil & Tommy there is evidence that this can lead to serial killers many serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer to name one of many started out torturing & abiding animals before moving onto humans, so yes there is evidence! But it should be disturbing enough to everyone that this evil soul, brutalized & killed these poor animals because their owners were irresponsible! They need to find this murderer & put him away under the felony law for the maximum, which needs to me changed to a stronger, longer more severe penalty, so maybe people would be more concerned about abusing animals. Our current laws are weak the punishment does not fit the crimes, it needs to change to be taken seriously..

  29. Snoots says:

    These people who kill animals are bordering on being psychopaths…and there are millions of them. Stop and think before you go out and kill any animal…for what reason…most will not have an answer. Look it up…psychopath/sociopath behavior…you’ll be surprised how many people you know that meet the definition.

  30. Susan Mohler says:

    The low-life scum who did this should do the world a huge favor and make himself die!! I pray he gets annihilated very soon. Where do these sickos come from?!?

  31. Susan Weatherall says:

    This person or persons have all the signs of a hunter and serial killer. Its disturbing to think that people like this roam among us. It needs to be caught quick before something else happens, and put away for a long long time.

  32. PitBlu14 says:

    Look into groups like Dogsbite. Org. People post on there all the time about how they are going to kill any Pit Bull that crosses their path. They talk about walking around neighborhoods with weapons solely to kill Pit Bulls. It is crazy. But for some reason nobody takes it seriously and looks into it. This is pure evil, plain and simple!

  33. Graham Luke says:

    The ba@ta@ds that do this evil belong in a laboratory for scientific experiments to find a cure for the human brain (the only experiment is the real one)…

  34. Ju says:

    Catch the killer how dare them

  35. Cate says:

    Please catch and torture this MF’r until he/she dies

  36. Ann says:

    I agree with Carin, the darkness of the world is taking over. We know live in a very badly broken world that is in need of repair. Such violence & hatred around every corner. We need to look towards God for some light & guidance to become a better loving kinder world!

  37. Liz Waanders says:

    Get these no good animals before they take their hands on humans wake up they are evil . A human with feelings would not do those things

  38. Carla Irvine says:

    This happens to millions of animals everyday. Sounds like the murderer is very comfortable with killing. Perhaps he works in a slaughterhouse and considers this “humane.”

  39. Shill says:

    Ok I understand what this guy has done is wrong but you all are going a little overboard. These ppl need to face the law and pay for their crime according to the law of CA. That being said, I think we should note that we have no idea WHY this person did this but could it possibly be that he is fed up with ppl not taking care of their dogs that keep wandering into his yard? Yes his action is a little extreme but he might have kids and pit bulls can be scary if you don’t know them. We don’t know why he did what he did so we can’t say he is evil. Also animals are animals. We love them and they are our pets and no one should harm them but we must understand that they are not human. Human life is far more valuable then any animal. Let’s not blow this out of proportion but think rationally and look at all sides of this situation. I hope that he is found and the truth of what he did comes out.

  40. Lecia Kay says:

    I don’t care what reason they have for doing this like they did. Serial dog killer now but humans later or maybe they already killed people. Making the sign and killing the dogs then hanging them for display so they get more attention. They will be in jail soon i am betting. Someone who lives there knows who did it. $2000 reward, they will give them up. I hope they weren’t his neighbors family pets that are missing. Sick f#%k!!!!!!

  41. Ed says:

    I would look for a farmer or rancher that has chickens, turkeys, sheep or cattle, that has had them or their new borns killed or injured by loose dogs. I doubt that this guy likes killing. But, I think he is very tired of see his live stock liked by dogs. That is why he displays them and put up the sign. It is a warning to irresponsible people.. If you had seen what loose dogs do to live stock, you might feel differently.

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