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Reward of up to $5,000 offered in Sacramento animal mutilations case

Sacramento Animal Control Officer John Sorrels looks into a bag that was found to hold decapitated chickens in an incident earlier this month.
Sacramento Animal Control Officer John Sorrels looks into a bag that was found to hold decapitated chickens in an incident earlier this month. Image from Sacramento Bee video

The Humane Society of the United States announced Thursday that is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for recent animal mutilations in Sacramento.

In recent months, authorities have reported at least nine separate discoveries of livestock – including cattle, lambs and chickens – beheaded and dumped in different areas of the city. In some cases, the carcasses were accompanied by blood-soaked $1 bills or tea candles. The latest discovery was made Wednesday morning when a bag of decapitated chickens was found along the railroad tracks near 20th and W streets.

“These animals were mutilated and killed for no apparent reason and discarded as though they were trash,” Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist with the Humane Society of the United States, said in a written statement. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about these disturbing crimes.”

Gina Knepp, head of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter, said the reward fund may grow. She has been in touch with the Animal Legal Defense Fund about providing a reward or assistance in the investigation, and she also has been contacted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Sacramento Animal Care Services, (916) 808-8333.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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