Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging

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Posted: Nov 26, 2014 8:04 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the organization said Wednesday.

The carcass of the male pit bull named Snoop was found in the woods in Anchorage on Oct. 10. Police have been investigating the death as a felony animal cruelty case.

The Humane Society said its reward of up to $5,000 is for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people involved. The Anchorage Crime Stoppers program is offering a reward of up to $1,000.

"This was an incredibly brutal attack," said Michael Haukedalen, Alaska state director for The Humane Society of the United States. "We are really hopeful that by offering a reward, somebody in the community will respond and the person or persons responsible will be punished appropriately."

There are no suspects in the case, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. "Don't know who did it, so it's hard to say why it was done," she said.

A man walking through the woods near East 20th Avenue and Rosemary Street in east Anchorage found the dead dog. Snoop had a microchip, which led authorities to the owner.

The owner, whose name was not released, told authorities he thought the dog had run away a week earlier.

The owner described the dog as friendly and like a brother to his daughter, Shell said. The family lives in the Penland Mobile Home Park, about a mile from where the dog was found.

The owner said he couldn't think of anyone who was angry with him and would take it out on the dog, Shell said.

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