Information sought about person who is terrorizing neighborhood dogs with tainted treats
SACRAMENTO, CA (July 17, 2006) – United Animal Nations (UAN) today announced it is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing a family dog with poisoned meatballs in Oakdale, California.
Angel, a two-year-old Labrador retriever, died on June 23 after eating a poisoned meatball that had been thrown into her family’s yard. Another dog owned by the same family, a one-year-old German Shepherd mix named Buddy, ate a poisoned meatball several days before Angel’s death but survived after receiving emergency veterinary care.
Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call
Detective Dan Taylor of the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 847-2231.
“We are issuing this reward in hopes that the person who is responsible for this senseless act of cruelty can be caught and punished to the full extent of the law,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “People who perpetrate crimes against animals are more likely to commit similar crimes against humans, so our society can no longer take acts of violence and cruelty toward animals lightly.”
According to the Oakdale Police Department, several of the tainted meatballs were found in yards throughout the neighborhood. They had been laced with rat poison. One animal control officer believes the perpetrator could be a neighbor frustrated by barking dogs.
UAN is offering this reward through its Zig Zag Memorial Reward Fund, designed to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to advocate the need for harsher punishments in such cases. The Zig Zag Memorial Reward is named for a Los Angeles dog who was burned, beaten and tortured for hours before dying, and whose assailants received scant punishment.
About UAN: Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.