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Humane Society Offers Award For Information On Mutilated Animal Cases

Courtesy of Gina Knepp / Animal Care Services Manager / City Of Sacramento

Courtesy of Gina Knepp / Animal Care Services Manager / City Of Sacramento

Update 3:08 P.M. - The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for at least 10 separate cases of animal mutilations in Sacramento.

“I think the reward really incentivizes people to come forward and tell the truth and so that we can put a stop to this - it’s gotten a little bit out of control in Sacramento,” said Gina Knepp, with the City of Sacramento's Animal Care Services, the lead investigating agency. "We've gotten a number of tips. I don't feel strongly about any of them yet, but we are following up on everything - we've had so many cases in such a short period of time."

In January, a dead goat and a bag of chickens were found in South Sacramento.

Since then Knepp said there have been nine cases involving mutilated chickens, rabbits, goats, a lamb and a tortoise found throughout the Sacramento area.

"It's a little bit overwhelming,” Knepp said Thursday. “But we are putting together our timeline, our evidence, following up on all leads and we encourage people who see something suspicious or hear something that just doesn't sit well that may be connected to this to please, please, please report it." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Front Street Shelter at (916) 808-8333 or (916) 230-4533. 

Original Post - 7 A.M. (AP) - More mutilated animals have been found in California's capital city, the fourth discovery in less than a week.

KXTV reports two bags containing dead animals were found beside railroad tracks in Midtown Sacramento on Tuesday night.

One bag contained a beheaded rabbit with several candles. A second bag held at least two decapitated chickens with their feet cut off.

Earlier this week, two decapitated chickens were found in a box along a bike trail near the Sacramento River. Inside the box were also five blood-soaked $1 bills.

There have been at least eight separate discoveries of decapitated goats, sheep and chickens and other animals since the start of the year at various locations in Sacramento.

Those with any information can contact the Front Street Shelter at (916) 808-8333 or (916) 230-4533. 

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