Dog killed in kennel by pellet gun, $5,000 reward offered

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MURRAY, UT (May 27, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah offers reward for the arrest in dog shooting case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) announced that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting a Red Heeler dog named Jazman in the fenced yard of his home in Helper, Utah. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Helper Police Department in obtaining information required to identify and charge the person responsible for killing this dog in its own home.


“Our hearts go out to this family,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “It is highly disturbing that a pet is not safe in its own home. The person responsible must be found and held accountable, and we hope a reward offers incentive for someone with information to step forward. There is no justifiable reason for someone to commit animal cruelty in this atrocious manner.”


Dennis Marshall, Jazman’s owner, found his dog dead in his yard Thursday morning, May 25, 2017. Marshall saw a hole in his dog’s right chest area and took her to a veterinarian to determine the cause.


The veterinarian who performed a necropsy on Jazman discovered a metal BB-tipped pellet believed to be from a .177-caliber airgun. It is believed that the dog was killed in its kennel sometime between 4 to 6 a.m. Thursday.


Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to contact Helper Police Department at 435-472-3719.