The Board of Supervisors has approved a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and-or conviction of a suspect(s) in connection with the heinous chemical attacks of dogs.
According to the Department of Animal Care and Control, several burned dogs have been brought into the Lancaster shelter. “With this reward, we hope to encourage the public to come forward with any information that will help us identify, apprehend and prosecute those responsible for these depraved acts of cruelty,” Antonovich said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the County Department of Animal Care and Control at (661) 974-8096 or L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Gore at (661) 940-3851.
Los Angeles County Sheriff:
The Board of Supervisors has approved a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect(s) in connection with apparent chemical attacks involving domestic dogs in the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, along with representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, have been investigating a number of suspicious incidents involving apparent animal cruelty.
Between Monday, July 20, 2014 and Thursday, August 20, 2015, there have been at least 7 known reported incidents of dogs being found, or brought to local shelters, with what appears to be caustic chemical burns on their backs.
Investigators have not yet been able to determine if the injuries sustained by the dogs are as a result of an intentional criminal act or some other cause. They are working diligently with animal care professionals and chemical experts to determine the origin of the substance that is causing the injuries.
The dogs involved include one golden retriever and six pit-bulls. There may be additional unreported incidents. Sheriff’s officials encourage members of the public to immediately report animals in apparent distress who are displaying similar characteristics to those seen in the recent incidents.
The injured dogs were located in various areas including Lancaster, Palmdale, and Rosamond (Kern County).
Detectives are seeking the public’s help in developing information in the case and are hopeful that the reward offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will provide an incentive for anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call LASD Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Detective Daniel Gore at (661) 940-3851 or (661) 948-8466, or the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at (661) 974-8096.