Eagle Mountain family dog killed, $5,000 reward offered

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MURRAY, UT (June 17, 2020) — Humane Society of Utah offers a reward for arrest and conviction in dog shooting case
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, a 4-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher named Lucky was shot to death near his family’s home on Ute Drive in Eagle Mountain, Utah. The Utah Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Lucky’s untimely death. Utah Humane Society’s advocacy director, Rachel Heatley, expressed concern for the impact of the prevalence of these shootings on the community. As a local nonprofit animal welfare organization, the Utah Humane Society hopes the reward assists the Utah County Sheriff’s Department in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this heinous act of animal cruelty.
“For at least the fourth time in two years, a dog was shot in Eagle Mountain,” said Heatley. “While there is no indication that these shootings are directly related, the loose relationship between the shootings appears to be a lack of empathy for these innocent animals and the humans that love them. An individual without empathy should alarm the community, as a lack of empathy leads to violence.” 
Studies show that violence against humans and violence against animals are interrelated. Referred to as “The Link,” this interrelationship suggests that one type of violence tends to indicate the existence of or lead to other forms of violence. “The tragedy of a dog being shot is not only in the loss of the dog but also in the societal harm of a dangerous person walking our streets,” said Heatley. 
Animals are property under Utah law, but in the hearts and minds of their guardians, animals are family. If you are interested in learning more about how to help advocate for animals through changes in law and policy, visit www.UtahHumane.org/Advocacy.
Anyone with information regarding who may have shot Lucky is urged to contact Det. Dallin Turner with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department at 801-851-4023.