Reward grows in therapy dog murder case | SierraSun.com

Reward grows in therapy dog murder case

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

The fatal shooting of a dog in Serene Lakes has garnered attention from national animal welfare groups and media outlets throughout Northern California.

Jeb, an 11-year old Labrador mix well known for his involvement in the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe’s Pet Assisted Therapy Program, was fatally shot with a 77-caliber pellet gun on Sept. 22 on Palisades Drive in Serene Lakes.

The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $2,000 to a reward fund established for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for Jeb’s death.

“Any person who commits this kind of brutal and senseless act demonstrates a lack of respect for life,” said Cynthia Cutler, HSUS program coordinator. “And studies indicate that the person could act out violently towards people as well.”

The United Animal Nation, a national animal rescue and welfare program based in Sacramento, has also offered $1,000.

Coupled with rewards offered by the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe and friends and family of Jeb, the reward stands at $4,000.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office is offering a separate $1,000 reward through their Crimestoppers Anonymous Tip Hotline. That number is 1 (800) 923-8191.

The story has also appeared on Sacramento and Reno TV stations and in newspapers throughout Northern California.

“He was a real sweetheart,” said Karine Wagner, co-coordinator of the pet therapy program. “No dog deserves that, but especially him. He really did touch a lot of people.”

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe has established a separate fund to help Weas pay the $2,500 vet bill for emergency surgery on Jeb the night of the shooting.

Donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe P.O. Box 9041, Truckee, 96162. The phone number is 587-5948.