$1,000 reward offered for dog shot, killed in Uintah County

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MURRAY, UTAH (Oct. 14, 2016) -- Humane Society of Utah adds a reward for the arrest in dog shooting case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is adding $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting a Doberman dog named Chunk in Gusher, Utah. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Uintah County Animal Control and Shelter in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this allegedly intentional act of senseless animal cruelty.


Chunk was found shot dead Friday, Oct. 7, by her owner Jessica Petty. Petty posted photos of her dog along with a message offering a $1,000.00 reward of her own on Facebook. 


“We hope this additional reward helps bring justice for Chunk and her family,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “There are too many unanswered questions surrounding this situation to ignore. The discharge of a firearm near the Petty residence and the resultant death of their family pet are tragic. We extend our sincere condolences to the Petty family.”


According to the Utah State Criminal Code, it is a third-degree felony for a person to intentionally or knowingly torture a companion animal. Torture is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing or inflicting extreme physical pain to an animal in an especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or exceptionally depraved manner.


Anyone with information regarding who may have shot Chunk is urged to contact the John Fox, HSU chief investigator, at 801-261-2919 ext. 210.