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Reward of $20,000 offered in dog-beheading case

March 28, 2012 |  1:53 pm

Photo: Councilman Paul Koretz. Credit: HandoutA $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing two dogs and leaving their severed heads in a South Los Angeles dumpster last week.

The reward money includes $10,000 from the city of Los Angeles and $2,500 each from Councilman Paul Koretz, the Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The City Council approved the reward offer Wednesday. Koretz called the beheadings a "heinous crime of animal cruelty" and said he feared they could lead to crimes against people.

"When someone does something this terrible to an animal, they will often be involved in domestic violence or even in more serious crimes, like murder," he said.

A resident found the remains of a chocolate Labrador retriever and tan German shepherd mix last week near Slauson and South Vermont avenues and called police. It was not clear whether the dogs were from the area or their remains were discarded there, authorities say.

The heads of the canines appeared to have been severed with a sharp object, according to the LAPD.

The case is being investigated by the LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force with help from the city's Department of Animal Services. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (213) 486-0450

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Photo: Councilman Paul Koretz. Credit: Handout

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