Slidell, La. – The person suspected of dragging a dog to death behind his truck and then leaving her body at a gas station has been identified by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO). He is cooperating with investigators, reported WGNO.
According to initial reports, the male suspect was driving on Hwy 433 in a black or dark gray pick-up truck on Sunday evening. A couple driving on the same stretch of highway were horrified when they witnessed what is now known as a female pit bull being dragged behind the truck. Both the suspect and the couple pulled into the Top Fuel Gas Station.
The witnesses screamed at the suspect, who calmly walked to the back of his truck, unhitched the now deceased dog from the chain, and left her body in the parking lot of the gas station.
The witnesses took a photo of the driver and several of the dog, and then called 911. The suspect asked the witnesses, “[H]ave you considered that it could simply be an accident?,” reported WDAM.
According to FOX8Live.com, one of the witnesses, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:
I am shocked that the driver of this vehicle and probable owner of this dog was so careless and negligent. I hope he will learn a lesson about how to treat animals better from the public outcry this is generating on social media and the possible punishment he may face through the court system.
Soon thereafter, the Human Society of Louisiana (HSL) issued a news release with the suspect’s photo offering a “$500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction for the person responsible for the death of this dog.”
The STPSO said that HSL’s offer of the reward “prevented, and made more difficult, the ability of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into this matter.” Source
Many argue that offering rewards as incentives to catch those responsible for horrific crimes is common practice among both nonprofit animal rescue organizations and law enforcement agencies. A reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the torture, mutilation and eventual death of Puppy Doe, as was for Caleb – the latter of which reached $15,000. A $20,000 reward was offered for Patrick the Miracle Dog, according to DogHeirs.
In response to STPSO’s statement, a contributor of TheARRA commented that if STPSO finds HSL’s news release of a reward a major obstacle in their investigation, then maybe more training is in order to deal with these types of scenarios. The reason why agencies and organizations offer rewards is because they often work.