$5,000 reward offered for West Jordan dog shot, killed

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MURRAY, UT (March 15, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah offers a reward for arrest and conviction in dog shooting case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is adding a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the shooting and death of a male 11-year-old Miniature Schnauzer dog named Shaggy Friday, March 10, 2017, in West Jordan, Utah. Owner Claudia Cruz reported that Shaggy died from wounds caused by a pellet gun. The HSU hopes the reward assists West Jordan Police in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this allegedly intentional act of animal cruelty.


“As the second case of animal abuse in the past week, we’re saddened to hear that another family has lost a loved one due to senseless cruelty,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “We extend our condolences to the Cruz family and remind the public that acts of animal violence affect us all. If someone in the area is shooting at pets as well as people, as claimed by the nephew, then this person needs to be caught before anyone else gets hurt.”


Shaggy got out of Cruz’s backyard Friday morning, but when he came home, he was not responsive. He was taken to a veterinarian who confirmed that Shaggy had been shot by a pellet gun which fatally hit a blood vessel and caused fluid to go into the dog’s lungs.


The owner’s nephew claimed that someone shot at him with a pellet gun or BB gun from a passing SUV while he was walking down the street Thursday, March 9.


Under the Utah State Code, the perpetrator may be charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor and illegal use of a weapon, a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted of the first charge, a person could face a term not exceeding one year and/or a fine up to $2,500. If convicted of the second charge, a person could face a term up to one year and/or a fine of $1,000. They could also be required to pay restitution to the dog’s owner for the value of his dog as well as any veterinary expenses.


Anyone with information regarding who may be responsible for the shooting and death of Shaggy is urged to contact West Jordan Police at 801-256-2000. Tips can remain anonymous.