Up to $11,000 in rewards is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a recent case of animal abuse.
Two national animal rights organizations, the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are both offering $5,000 rewards leading to the capture and conviction of the person or persons who bound and beat two dogs in December.
The dogs were discovered by their owners in the Duncan community close to the intersection of Bohon and Grapevine Roads on Sunday, Dec. 16.
The investigating officer, Dep. Bill Cruce of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, said the dogs were treated for their injuries and returned home with their owners.
Despite an initial $1,000 reward offered by Mercer County Crime Stoppers, Cruce said there has been no real lead in the case.
“We’ve had a few tips, but they haven’t panned out,” he said.
Now, both the Humane Society and PETA are calling on anyone with information to come forward immediately.
“It takes a truly callous person to abuse dogs in this way,” Kathryn Callahan, Kentucky state director of the Humane Society told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
PETA advises guardians to keep their animal companions safe indoors and not to leave them unattended or allow them to roam free outside, where they may be stolen or injured. Guardians should also be sure to have their animal companions spayed or neutered in order to help control the number of homeless dogs and cats, who are at risk of contracting communicable diseases, being hit by cars and being abused.
Anyone with information about this case should call Mercer County Crime Stoppers at 812-0016 or the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 734-4221.
For more information about PETA or the Humane Society, visit their websites: humanesociety.org or PETA.org.