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Rewards Being Offered In Case Of Dog Caught In Trap

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Pearl, the Alt family's dog, died when she suffocated after she was caught in an animal trap that police said was apparently intentionally set. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Pearl, the Alt family’s dog, died when she suffocated after she was caught in an animal trap that police said was apparently intentionally set. (Photo supplied to CBS)

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HEBRON, Ind. (CBS) — A number of rewards are being offered in connection with the Dec. 8 death of a dog killed by a trap set in its owner’s backyard during broad daylight.

Pearl, a medium-size, white dog, was killed while its owner, Cheryl Alt, was at her home in the 600 block of North Main Street. Police Chief Steven Sibbrell has said the trap was deliberately set.

In addition to a reward fund set up at DeMotte State Bank, dubbed the Humane Treatment of Animals fund, two animal rights organizations are offering rewards as well. Donations to the fund at the bank can be made at any branch.

The Humane Society of the United States also is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing Pearl.

“I really hope this will help someone come forward,” said Anne Sterling, Indiana state director for the Humane Society. The Humane Society also offered a reward in the May case of a racehorse shot to death in Lowell.

Additionally, the national not-for-profit Animal League Defense Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for help that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“Such callous disregard for the suffering of animals, and for the law, is a dangerous indicator of recklessness and cruelty,” ALDF executive director Stephen Wells said on the agency’s website, http://www.aldf.org, “The person responsible for this crime must be brought to justice, for everyone’s safety.”

The ALDF is asking anyone with information about the crime to contact them at (707) 795-2533, Ext. 1010.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Hebron Police Department at 996-2747.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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