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Humane Society offers cash reward in Lehi dog poisoning probe

First Published      Last Updated Jul 04 2014 08:13 pm

Police investigating suspected dog poisonings in Lehi are getting a boost from the Humane Society of Utah: a cash incentive for helping catch those responsible.

HSU Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt on Thursday announced a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and convictions in the case.

"The Humane Society of Utah wants to help the Lehi Police Department solve these cases and it is our hope that this reward will help officers and prosecutors obtain the information required to make an arrest, file charges, and obtain a conviction for animal cruelty," Baierschmidt said.

Lehi police Sgt. Jeff Swenson confirmed earlier this week that it would take "a week or two" before results a necropsy and blood tests on the animals are available.

Those two therapy dogs, both Labrador retriever mixes, were in fenced yards at residences within the same block of a northwest Lehi neighborhood. A 2-year-old dog suffered a series of ultimately fatal seizures beginning about 6 a.m. Tuesday; the second, 8-to-9-year-old dog suffered a seizure four hours later, but survived, Swenson confirmed Thursday.


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