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A puppy was found beaten, hanged from a tree. A $7000 reward is being offered for info

The puppy was found hanging from a tree Jan. 19 along the levee in the 5000 block of Riverside Boulevard.
The puppy was found hanging from a tree Jan. 19 along the levee in the 5000 block of Riverside Boulevard. Bee staff

Update: By Jan. 25, the reward had increased to $12,500.

Animal cruelty investigators are looking for the person or persons responsible for fatally beating a puppy found dangling by its leash last week in Sacramento.

The city and animal advocacy groups are offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever abused and killed the dog, a small, dark mixed breed that a citizen discovered hanging from a tree on Jan. 19 along the levee in the 5000 block of Riverside Boulevard, near the Little Pocket neighborhood.

A necropsy of the animal found “diffuse and traumatic injuries throughout the entire body,” including “fractures from nose to tail” and abdominal injuries, said chief animal control officer Jace Huggins. “These injuries suggest severe, severe abuse.”

Veterinarians estimated the dog, weighing about 12 pounds, to be about 4 months old.

Huggins pointed out that research has linked animal cruelty to other forms of violence, including child abuse and domestic violence. “We find that with these cases, there is almost always some other aspect of violence in the background” of the abuser, he said.

“It’s very important that the community help us find who is responsible for this,” Huggins said. “We hope someone will realize that maybe a friend’s dog disappeared, or that they saw something” that might help investigators solve the case and bring the perpetrator to justice.

Anyone who has any information about what happened to the dog should call Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP or animal control Officer Huggins at 916-808-5855. Tips may be left anonymously.

A deputy Sacramento County district attorney leads a new effort to prosecute animal abuse and cruelty cases, and a task force that will investigate and document abuse in the Sacramento region.

Cynthia Hubert: 916-321-1082, @Cynthia_Hubert

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