City Council Issues Award in Animal Cruelty Case

By Aaron Blevins, 3/29/2012


Los Angeles Councilmembers Paul Koretz, 5th District, and Jan Perry, 9th District, have authored a city of Los Angeles reward motion, aimed at helping to apprehend anyone responsible for a recent and gruesome animal cruelty matter.

The city is offering $10,000 — with the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals each pitching in $2,500 — for assistance solving a case in which two dogs were beheaded.

On March 20, 77th area patrol officers discovered the heads of two large-breed dogs inside a dumpster behind the CVS Pharmacy at South Vermont and West Slauson avenues.

Investigators from the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force assumed investigative responsibility and went to the crime scene to collect evidence.

It was apparent that the dogs’ heads had been clearly severed from their bodies with a sharp object. The bodies of the dogs were not found. No determination has been made if this incident involved dog fighting. It is unknown if the dogs had been dead before their heads were removed. It is believed the perpetrator severed the dogs’ heads at another location, and then traveled to the location where the heads were disposed of inside a dumpster. The dogs appeared to have been full grown. One was a chocolate Labrador Retriever mix, and the other a tan Shepherd mix.

“This despicable crime is not only tragic and inhumane, but it also displays a violent and vindictive viciousness that is often associated with perpetrators who are a threat to animals and people alike,” Koretz said.



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