Utah dog found shot on Highway 50, $5,000 reward offered

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MURRAY, UT (Mar. 2, 2018) -- Humane Society of Utah offers a reward for arrest and conviction in dog shooting case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting a female Australian Shepherd mix believed to be under 2 years old. The dog was found Feb. 28, 2018 on the side of Highway 50 by driver Emily Collingsworth, 23, near Scipio, Utah. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Millard County Sheriff’s Office in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for allegedly shooting Coco in her right shoulder.


“We’re horrified to think that someone could intentionally shoot a dog and leave it to suffer and die alone,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “At the same time, we’re glad that she will survive and thank the community that has stepped in to help her. The person responsible must be caught and held accountable before they potentially harm or kill anyone else. We want to know who is responsible and why this heinous act was committed.”


According to the Collingsworth, Coco has been scheduled for surgery Monday, Mar. 5 at a Richfield, Utah veterinary hospital. Coco’s shoulder bone has been shattered from the bullet and the foreleg will need to be amputated.


Collingsworth set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the surgery and care, which has raised $5,435 at this time.


Anyone with information regarding who may be responsible for shooting Coco is urged to contact Millard County Sheriff's Office at (435) 743-5302.