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March 20, 2013

$5K reward offered for burglar who shot dogs

Humane Society posts reward for info in death of two animals

— A reward was offered Tuesday for information leading authorities to whoever shot and killed two dogs during a burglary in February.

Wagoner County Sheriff’s Major Dustin Dorr said there were two robberies about a month apart at the same residence in the Yonkers area of Wagoner County. Dorr said the homeowner found his two chows had been shot and killed after returning home in February.

“The chows were in a pen. It was a pretty good-size pen that was connected to a barn,” Dorr said. “He (the suspect) had to shoot the dogs to gain entry to the barn where some of the items were taken.”

Dorr said the second burglary was reported Feb. 10, and investigators believe the same culprit may have committed both crimes.

“It’s a possibility,” Dorr said, adding the sheriff’s office has a suspect in the first burglary. “But until we’re able to track the guy down and speak to him, we’re not sure.”

To help expedite the process, the Humane Society of the United States issued a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of who killed the dogs.

“We hope our reward helps find whoever is responsible for shooting these innocent dogs who were penned at the time of the reported burglary, and posed no threat to any intruder,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The Humane Society of the United States, in a media release.

The release states there is a documented connection between animal cruelty and human violence, so gaining serious attention toward such crimes is “an essential step in protecting the community.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

Anyone with information related to a series of burglaries in the Yonkers area of Wagoner County, including one in February where two chow dogs were shot and killed, can call the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 485-7799.

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