HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force Offering $2,500 Reward in Case of Dog Shot with a Handgun
UPDATE - March 18, 2016
Cutie, the dog brought to the Humane Society of Missouri after being shot in the shoulder Monday night, died today during surgery to amputate her right leg.
Since Monday, Cutie’s condition was being closely monitored by veterinarians and staff at the Humane Society of Missouri and, due to the seriousness of her injury, it was decided her leg needed to be amputated. Humane Society of Missouri veterinarian Dr. Julie Brinker said, “As our surgeon was finishing the amputation surgery, Cutie’s heart stopped. We made every effort to restart her heart, but all attempts were unsuccessful. Because of the seriousness of her injury, her chances of complications were much greater.”
The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force continues to work with the St. Louis City Police Department to investigate Cutie’s case.
“This unfortunate incident will not detract the Animal Cruelty Task Force from relentlessly pursuing every possible lead available until the person responsible is brought to justice,” said Mike Perkins, director, Animal Cruelty Task Force.
Cutie was shot near the intersection of Harney Ave. and Thrush Ave. in north St. Louis City around 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016.
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is working with the St. Louis City Police Department to investigate an incident of a dog being shot near the intersection of Harney Ave. and Thrush Ave. in north St. Louis City around 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016.
According to the owner, the two-year-old female German Shepherd mix named “Cutie” had wandered away from the yard. A short time later, a gunshot was heard from the alley. The owner found Cutie, injured and bleeding in the alley, and called police. Police escorted the owner and the dog to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America (AMCMA). Subsequently, the owner surrendered the dog to the Humane Society of Missouri.
Examination by an AMCMA veterinarian determined that Cutie was suffering from one gunshot wound to the right front shoulder area. Radiographs revealed several metal fragments, consistent with a gunshot wound. Humane Society of Missouri veterinarian Dr. Julie Brinker said, “The gunshot shattered the top of the humerus bone and we are concerned that her injuries are so serious we may have to amputate her right front leg.” Cutie’s condition is being closely monitored by veterinarians and staff at the Humane Society of Missouri.
Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is working diligently to help find the person(s) responsible for this horrific crime.
The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the severe cruelty inflicted on Cutie.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314.647.4400.
“We are proud that our Animal Cruelty Task Force is at-the-ready to assist law enforcement whenever needed to investigate cruelty cases like Cutie’s,” said Humane Society of Missouri President Kathy Warnick. “Our ability to immediately respond ensures that injured animals can be treated quickly and, in cooperation with law enforcement, cases can be promptly investigated.”
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