MSPCA-Angell Ups Reward in New Bedford Cruelty Investigation to $10,000 as Body of Third Dog Discovered on the Property

March 21, 2012

BOSTON, March 21, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today it has increased its reward from $6,000 to $10,000 for information leading to an animal cruelty conviction in the widely publicized case of two dogs found shot to death in New Bedford on Feb. 13, 2012.  News of the increased reward comes on the heels of the discovery of a canine skeleton on the property on March 2nd.  MSPCA law enforcement officers are working to identify whether the death of this third dog is connected to the others.


Forensics Tests, Property Searches Continue

The MSPCA, in cooperation with local law enforcement entities, have conducted extensive forensic tests—including autopsies and x-rays—on the Golden Retriever and Chihuahua found on Feb. 13.  In addition MSPCA law enforcement officers have extensively searched the New Bedford business park at which the dogs were found and performed ballistics testing on the bullets discovered at the scene.  To date these tests have revealed insufficient evidence to advance the investigation, and the organization continues to urge anyone with information to call its Law Enforcement Hotline at: 800-628-5808. 


“We are tracking down every lead we can in an effort to identify the person or persons who committed this crime,” said Peter Gollub, director of law enforcement, MSPCA-Angell.  “The information we have thus far has not proved sufficient to help us identify a suspect, so we’re reaching back out to the community for help.  We’ve received a number of donations from the public to help in this investigation -- and that’s enabled us to increase the reward, which will provide additional incentive for anyone with useful information to step forward.”


Readers can click here if they would like to donate to the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department as it investigates this case, as well as the approximately 2,500 investigations of alleged animal cruelty cases annually.  In the event that a reward is not paid or claimed in this case, donations toward the reward will be used for future investigations including the care of the animals involved in each investigation. 



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