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Therapy dog killed; reward offered

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

The fatal shooting of a dog has left its owner distraught and turned a quiet Donner Summit neighborhood on edge.

Jeb, an 11-year old Labrador mix, was fatally shot with a pellet gun last Saturday evening on Palisades Drive in Serene Lakes.

Kelly Weas, Jeb’s owner, said she is devastated by the death.

“Everything I did was based on how it fit for Jeb,” she said. “Where I lived, what job I took, everything.”

Weas has issued a plea for help in finding those responsible.

“I need help from everyone. I can’t not know, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this,” she said.

Weas said the Serene Lakes community has pulled together since the shooting.

“The people who live up here are very supportive,” she said.

Two of Weas’s neighbors have made fliers that have been posted throughout the area in hopes of finding someone who might have information about the incident.

“We wanted to get the fliers out there so that the second home owners would see them,” said Matt Fraser. “We don’t need this in the neighborhood. We let our dogs run around, but we don’t do that anymore. Her dog was no threat at all. It was the nicest dog it didn’t deserve this.”

Jeb was well known because of his involvement in the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society’s Pet Assisted Therapy Program since June 2000.

Through that program, animals are taken into patient’s rooms at the Tahoe Forest Hospital.

“There are a lot of other people than myself that depended on that dog for friendship,” Weas said. “He touched a lot of people.”

Placer County Sheriff’s Office Det. Troy Minton-Sander said an investigation is ongoing, but he has few leads.

Minton-Sander did say the dog was killed with a 77-caliber pellet.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 889-7800. PCSO is offering a $1,000 reward through the Crimestoppers Anonymous Tip Hotline for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person[s] responsible.

The Truckee Tahoe Humane Society and friends and family of Jeb are also offering a $1,000 reward.

The Humane Society is also accepting donations to help Weas pay a $2,500 vet bill for the emergency surgery performed on Jeb last Saturday night.

To make a donation to the reward or to help pay the vet bill, call Laurie or Georgia at the Humane Society at (530) 587-5948.