At a press conference on Friday, members of the multi-jurisdictional animal abuse task force, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and police announced a $15,000 reward has been offered to find the torturer of the mutilated three German shepherd puppies earlier in the week. Found in a trash pile in Oakland, one of the puppies had her paw severed off and the other two suffered broken jaws believed to have been done by some kind of tool.
According to SFGate, DA O’Malley emphasized the egregious crime could be a sign the responsible person could also be torturing children or women.
“It’s hard to imagine who could hurt innocent animals, but we also can’t imagine who can hurt innocent children.”
Two of the puppies were found last Saturday by a homeless person and turned over to Rocket Dog Rescue. The two four-month-old puppies, named Freya and Frigg are recovering. Freya’s broken jaw has since been operated on. Frigg has been adopted. The third puppy, a shepherd and husky mix, now named Chloe was at the press conference. Her jaw was similarly broken as was Freya’s – experts stated some kind of tool was used to torture and mutilate the pups.
O’Malley stated the puppies are not believed to have been victims of dog fighting but rather of someone who deliberately used a tool to torture the defenseless animals “because they are cruel people.” The puppies are believed to have been pets since all three have been socialized.
Authorities believe the incidents are all related, even though the two German shepherd puppies were found on Saturday, and the white husky puppy was discovered a few days later. Both Pet Food Express, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and an anonymous donor have offered the generous reward.
The culprits responsible could be charged with felony animal cruelty and be sentenced to three-years in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland Police at 510.238.3728 or Oakland Animal Services at 510.535.5602.
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(Photos of puppies having been mutilated by Rocket Dog Rescue and Oakland Animal Services)
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